The Lakers, the LA City Jail and Steve Lopez

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More than 60,000 people turned out for today's parade to celebrate the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Though nine people were arrested, they won't be held in the LAPD's brand new jail.  We also ask LA Times columnist Steve Lopez about how he defines his role as a public commentator and about his career in the declining business of news in print. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, BP is the latest corporation under attack by the White House, but polls show the public thinks BP is handling the oil spill about as well as the government is. What's the message about the President's brand of populism?

Banner image: Fans cheer for the Los Angeles Lakers during their victory parade for the the NBA basketball champion team on June 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 87-79 in seven games for the franchise's 16th NBA title. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images



Warren Olney