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The Beverly Hills Courier has a Grudge to Pick with the LA Times

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Beverly Hills City Hall | Photo by Tyler S. Andrews via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr


Beverly Hills City Hall | Photo by Tyler S. Andrews via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
If you want to be a reporter for the Beverly Hills Courier, there's one job you can't have on your resume."Former full-time staff of the Los Angeles Times need not apply," reads a recent Craigslist posting for the $36,000 - $48,000 salaried job.

There's some definite sour apples going on here. For example, this ranting editorial from January entitled "L.A. Times Tries To Trash City, Again." Here's just the first paragraph:

Los Angeles has over 3 million residents. Its city budget is in serious deficit. Its streets and roads are full of potholes. Its school district has over 200,000 students, half of whom never graduate. Metal detectors nearly overshadow books. Teachers fear for their lives and certainly for their cars. That is a lot of civic problems for a major daily newspaper to expose. The city of Los Angeles is a mess that no amount of money seems to be able to fix. You still print a newspaper, founded on a tradition of municipal integrity. You have an endless number of subjects to cover. So, what is worth seven (7!) major articles and continuous blog posts during the last week or so? Beverly Hills. Of course. You’ve been taking shots at us because you cannot fix your own house.
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Whoa there, cowboy. Talk about deep seeded vitriol.

Luckily, the Courier has proved the Times' point, at least in a sideways manner. Why did the paper cover the Beverly Hills school controversy earlier this year? Because it got people talking on all sides of the issue -- even this sidebar editorial from the Courier -- and a good paper cannot ignore that.

Do other things need to be written about as well? Of course, all outlets -- Times included, LAist too, etc. -- have room for improvement (and a lot of that comes at the help of reader tips... hint, hint). But let's not forget, it was the Times that exposed the trash problem in South L.A. No need for neighborhood jingoism here.

In any case, the Courier probably doesn't have anything to worry about when it comes to their applicant pool. As Steven Smith tweeted, "Why would a former 'fulltime' LAT reporter.need to work for throwaway? Are times that bleak?" Touché.

For the Record: The original post indicated that Matt Welch tweeted the comment about the Courier. It was, in fact, Steven Smith who tweeted the question to Welch.