November 15, 2005


A note to our readers (ANDRÉS MARTINEZ, November 15, 2005, LA Times)

WHEN A columnist misses his usual spot in the rotation, we normally run a short note explaining his absence. Today, Robert Scheer's column will not appear. Consider this a longer-than-usual note of explanation.

Scheer's impassioned prose has graced these pages for 13 years. Last week we announced a new roster of 10 columnists that will appear on this page every week, and Scheer's name was not on it. [...]

Below is the schedule for our new columnists.

Monday: Niall Ferguson

Tuesday: Joel Stein

Wednesday: Max Boot,

Erin Aubry Kaplan (as of Dec. 7)

Thursday: Patt Morrison,

Jonah Goldberg

Friday: Rosa Brooks

Saturday: Meghan Daum

Sunday: Gregory Rodriguez,

Jonathan Chait

Dead fish and live parakeets all over Los Angeles thank you, Mr. Martinez.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2005 10:13 AM

Wow! Robert Scheer gone from the L.A. Times. And in the last few weeks two articles about Noam Chomsky in the Guardian that were less than adoring. The Left must be in trouble. They're performing triage and abandonning their more embarrassing and less defensible kooks. The times they are a-changin'.

Posted by: L. Rogers at November 15, 2005 10:35 AM

Too little, too late.

Posted by: erp at November 15, 2005 11:00 AM

They should keep Max Boot, but fire as many of the rest as is necessary to pay Mark Steyn whatever he wants...

Posted by: b at November 15, 2005 11:12 AM

The left will see corporate lackyism in this, since Jonah Goldberg's column is syndicated by the L.A. Times' owner, the Chicago Tribune Co., and he's basically getting the space formerly reserved for Scheer. The fact that the tone of Scheer's columns -- and in a great many cases, the subject matter -- have never left the late 1960s really doesn't matter to them.

Posted by: John at November 15, 2005 11:22 AM

Scheer shorn?

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 15, 2005 12:06 PM

What's the difference between Scheer and Chait?

Posted by: joe shropshire at November 15, 2005 12:46 PM