Dumping Bob Scheer

Here's some worrisome news about Robert Scheer's column in the L.A Times:


[I]t appears that Scheer is about to lose his weekly Tuesday spot on the Times op-ed page after thirteen years. Sources at the paper tell me the decision has been made, but Scheer says he hasn't been told anything officially. He has heard the talk, however, and suggests the pressure to ax him comes from Publisher Jeff Johnson, who recently took over responsibility for the opinion side of the paper. The column often makes the Times website's most-emailed list, but Scheer tells me "I've been led to believe they are going to kill it....If I'm coming to the end they ought to bring me down there and explain why." He has been either on staff or a Times columnist for almost three decades. [LINK]
It's yet another sign that genuinely progressive voices are becoming increasingly scarce in the nation's leading op-ed pages -- even as the likes of Bob Novak continue to thrive.

The good news for Bob -- who along with his son Chris was my co-author and co-conspirator on AlterNet's "Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq" -- is that he has a new project in the works called TruthDig.com, which will offer "2,500-word reported essays on issues by scholars and writers (e.g., UC Berkeley's Orville Schell on China, USC's Larry Gross on gays and religion, Marc Cooper on Venezuela and Hugo Chavez, Sam Harris on an "atheist manifesto") with hyperlinks to original sources, reading lists, blogs, video, podcasts and daily takes on the news."

I have a soft spot for the Scheer men, and wish them both the very best. And I urge all fans of Bob's column to write the L.A. Times in support of his column.
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