Make That a Double!

Starting a paper's not for the faint of heart. Duh!bya's Justice Department kooks made ending one even more harrowing.

Now while I swelled with pride when Justice Department witnesses insisted that New Times L.A. was better than the competition, come on! The feds have no business involving themselves in editorial content; there's a little thing called the First Amendment at stake here. My belief is that New Times and the Voice could have prevailed in court for that reason. But a multi-year legal battle in the middle of a national recession might have crippled both companies – which still publish papers in 17 cities.

It was better to give in to the DOJ early than to risk the silencing of this many distinct editorial voices.

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