In today’s New York Times, media writer Jeremy W. Peters examines what he characterizes as a slow decline of the Los Angeles Times newspaper since being bought in 2000 by The Tribune Company. Peters notes that the Los Angeles paper’s weekday circulation is almost half of what it was in 2000, perhaps as a result of massive budget cutbacks and a series of layoffs that hobbled the papers’ once massive local coverage operations.
The article goes on to link the decline of the Los Angeles Times to what it portrays as the decline of the city it covers:
“For many Angelenos, the downsizing is just one more sign that their city is losing stature. Add it to the list of other ego-bruising blows, like the loss of its professional football team, the flight of Fortune 500 companies from the city limits and a failed bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.”