Sure, New York wrested the Grammys from Los Angeles.
The ratings crashed. Is that any reason for The New York Times to dump on Los Angeles?
For years, The New York Times has been railing at the West Coast city, castigating its sprawl, its laid-back lifestyle, its perceived lack of culture.
Now, The New York Times has struck again, claiming that turmoil of its fellow newspaper, The Los Angeles Times, somehow marks a lack of civic cohesiveness in Los Angeles. The article weakly supports this vague claim.
If only Los Angeles had tabloids, it would match New York's brilliance, The New York Times absurdly says. I didn't realize the New York Post builds civic unity.
The New York Times, ignoring that it represents the city of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, blasts a Los Angeles strength: the diversity of its multiple neighborhoods.
I've been reading such stories in The New York Times for years, as Los Angeles has revitalized its downtown, gained new museums, produced dynamic literature, music and theater and created diverse ethnic cuisines.
The New York Times' claims are flimsy at best. This week, United Airlines acquired naming rights to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a 16-year, $69 million deal connected to Los Angeles receiving the 2028 Olympics. The successful Olympics bid indicates Los Angeles' corporate vitality.
Along with receiving the Olympics, Los Angeles showed its civic cohesiveness with its proposal to Amazon for a second headquarters. LA was the only California city named one of Amazon's 20 finalists.
While The Los Angeles Times has suffered cutbacks following declining circulation and ad revenue, the newspaper still gives a vital voice to the sprawling metropolitan area. The Los Angeles paper has nearly matched its New York counterpart in the number of Pulitzers won in recent years. Writers like restaurant critic Jonathan Gould and sports columnist Bill Plaschke produce excellent work, and the Los Angeles Times outdoes The New York Times in its coverage of TV, the movies and music.
The New York Times has a dubious reputation for "trend" stories whose evidence doesn't support their grand premises. The Los Angeles piece is another glaring example.