By Brad Friedman on 11/15/2005, 9:33pm PT  

This from a friend and emailer who attended today's protest over the recent dismisal of liberal columnist Robert Scheer at the LA Times. Scheer's apparent crime was being right on this administration and their trumped-up war from the get-go. That won't do as the LA Times works hard to both destroy itself and appease the Bill O'Reilly McCarthyites of the New American Right. You'll be delighted to know that while Scheer was removed, wingnut Jonah Goldberg has been added to the Opinion Page. Scheer's own website will continue to carry his columns, along with other papers around the country.

A lively protest today at noon in front of the LA Times building showed that people pay attention when their favorite columnist gets the boot. After a thirty year career at the paper, Robert Scheer was summarily dumped in a right-wing shuffle of the Opinion Page. Scheer's weekly commentary was depended on for digging out the truth. His voice was out front against the war in Iraq, and in pointing out the lies of the administration in the lead-up to war.

Protesters layed white bread on the sidewalk, amid shouts of "No more bland, we want Bob."

Meanwhile Scheer is launching an internet news service at the end of the month to be found at www.truthdig.com.

The LA Times can be reached at Letters@LATimes.com if you have any thoughts for them.

UPDATE: More details sent to me on how to contact the folks who need to be contacted:

Organizers of the protest will continue to press for a meeting with Jeff Johnson, the new publisher of the Op Ed page, and urge you to contact him:
Jeff.johnson@latimes.org (213-237-5000/fax: 213-237-4401) and CEO Tribune Company Dennis FitzSimons: dfitzsimons@tribune.com (312-222-9100/fax: 312-222-1573) to request Johnson's or FitzSimons' participation in a meeting with loyal Times' readers.

Several additional photos from today's protest follow...