FROM Eddy Hartenstein
Los Angeles Times Publisher Discusses Bankruptcy After Sam Zell took over the Tribune Company a year ago, layoffs and early retirements continued at the Los Angeles Times . Eddy Hartenstein, formerly with DirecTV, became publisher in August, saying that Zell had promised to give him broad discretion. In October, the paper laid off 10% of the editorial staff. Last month it lost more staff when the Washington Bureau was consolidated with other papers. On Monday, the Tribune Company declared bankruptcy . When he became publisher, Hartenstein said he didn't need the job and that if Zell reneged on his word he would quit. Will he?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?