Wednesday, February 27, 2008
To Zell and back
Crusty Sam Zell, new owner of the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune and other papers, has drawn a lot of laughs and fire the past couple of weeks with his various blunt or profane comments to staffers. Yesterday he added to this on CNBC by blaming the country's economic woes on "fear mongering" by Hillary and Obama who are personally halting a recovery, saying: "Obviously what we have going on is an attempt to create a self-fulfilling prophecy," said Zell. "We have two Democratic candidates who are vying with each other to describe the economic situation worse." Dave Horsey, the longtime editorial cartoonist, comments today with a slam at Zell's news values -- syndicated by Zell's own Tribune. He also provides a lengthy blast in a blog post, at his home Seattle Post-Intelligencer site, in which he writes: "Sam Zell is the most vulgar embodiment of a pervasive bean counter mentality that is threatening the best of American journalism."