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So Friday, the LA Times fired both leftie Bob Scheer and neocon Michael Ramirez. And if that were the end of the matter, we'd say, "carry on." It's our humble opinion that both of these men are partisan propagandists. Both are lazy thinkers, comfortably entrenched, parroting their respective party lines. Scheer's column seems to mostly write itself, rarely reaching any unexpected conclusions. For all that we often agree with him, he's an extremely sanctimonious man, who somewhat hypocritically carved out a comfy niche as a token thorn in the side of his corporate overlords. Ramirez, for his part, can be counted on to do nothing more dangerous than doodle out yesterday's Fox News talking points without trace of imagination or wit. Both men have made careers out of preaching to the choir.

But the Times didn't shitcan Scheer and Ramirez to make room for fresh, thoughtful or dissenting voices. The paper's announcement on the subject offers up no coherent explanations; only utterly empty platitudes. It doesn't even appear to refute Scheer's stated hypothesis that the Times seeks to fashion itself "blander and safer."