Are Alt-Weekly Chains Cutting News Coverage?

december 31, 2002  04:20 pm
San Francisco Bay Guardian asks the question after reading L.A. Times coverage of the New Times-Village Voice antitrust investigation and speaking with former LA Weekly political columnist Marc Haefele. Haefele claims "the LA Weekly to a large extent is being edited under New York oversight" and now reports on "new dresses and rock bands" instead of "things like Governor Gray Davis and City Hall." LA Weekly Editor Laurie Ochoa insists that VVM corporate headquarters has maintained a hands-off approach to the paper's editorial content and has put "more resources into news coverage." Los Angeles Magazine's Kit Rachlis agrees there should be an investigation but says "I don't think it's too paranoid to say that (the Justice Dept. is) looking into the alternative press for political reasons."