Friday, April 28, 2006

Times Suspends Hiltzik, Cancels Blog and Column

The L.A. Times, in classic "bury the news" mode, has released this news about its columnist and blogger, Michael Hiltzik, on a Friday afternoon. A Times editor's note to readers is at the subject link.

Hiltzik will be "reassigned." I think that is overly generous on the Times' part, considering this isn't Hiltzik's first ethical transgression. Apparently his pseudonym "sock puppetry," as some bloggers are calling it, on top of hacking into his colleagues' email accounts while he was stationed in Moscow years ago, wasn't enough to merit firing in his employer's eyes.

Unless Hiltzik has suddenly decided to reform, what will his ethical transgression be at his next Times assignment?

L.A. Observed has a Times note to staff.

Reaction at Patterico's Pontifications.

Note: Patterico's website is one of several prominent blogs suffering from an intermittent DOS attack today, along with Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Captain's Quarters, and Instapundit. The attack is based in Saudi Arabia. If you can't access one of these sites, keep trying.

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