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The Brian Grazer Gig That Wasn’t

Just last week I posted of Hollywood producer Brian Grazer's upcoming editorial gig at the LA Times. Now comes news that Grazer is out, sacked due to the revelation of incestuous ties between Grazer's PR camp and and a Times … Read More

By / March 27, 2007

Just last week I posted of Hollywood producer Brian Grazer's upcoming editorial gig at the LA Times. Now comes news that Grazer is out, sacked due to the revelation of incestuous ties between Grazer's PR camp and and a Times editor.

The whole backstory is chronicled by David Carr in today's NYT, spun juicily ("The Los Angeles Times last week brings to mind a scene in which you come upon a sinking vessel and see people scrambling everywhere. And then you realize they are not looking for buckets, but guns"). This was in reference to Andrés Martinez's belligerent and defensive post on LA Observed as well as the rather tart response from Baquet-replacing editor James O'Shea ("It is true that we have journalists in the newsroom who don't agree with Andres' views on the ethical problems that led to his resignation. I count myself among them"); meanwhile, business had to go on as usual, which left the op-ed editor Nicholas Goldberg and deputy Current editor Gary Spieckerop and their staffers with the task of putting out a brand-new Current from scratch (per Gawker Weekend's Leon Neyfakh: "With a Friday night press deadline, the Current staff had two days to do something that usually takes over a week"). They did it though! Hooray for unsolicited articles!*

The upshot? Guest editors are a bad idea unless they're Bono.

Oh and another fun LAT bombshell, per Nikki Finke: The next Current guest editor was supposed to have been — wait for it — Donald Rumsfeld. Oy.

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