By J. Michael Kennedy and Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writers
In a major shake-up of its editorial pages, the Los Angeles Times announced Thursday that it was discontinuing one of its most liberal columnists as well as its conservative editorial cartoonist.
Editorial Page Editor Andrés Martinez said that Robert Scheer, a Times reporter for 17 years before he began writing a column on the Op-Ed pages in 1993, will be dropped. Cartoonist Michael Ramirez, The Times' cartoonist since 1997, will leave the paper at the end of the year and will not be replaced.
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Cartoonist Michael Ramirez is also out in an apparent move to deflect criticism. A liberal and a conservative, for an equal fair game? Not while wing nut columnist Max Boot remains. And definitely not when you compare the caliber of Scheer and Ramirez. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but come on.
I will let the LA Times defend itself: