Outside The Tent

Give The Los Angeles Times credit for a little outside the box thinking. They’re running an occasional column called Outside The Tent, which the describe as follows:

An experimental column in which the Los Angeles Times invites outside critics to take their best shot at Southern California’s heaviest newspaper.

The L. A. Times invited Kausfiles blogger Mickey Kaus to pen the first column (registration required), and he does a great job of explaining exactly what the southland is missing – competition in the form of gossip. It sounds bizarre, but Kaus illustrates how lack of competition has left the L. A. Times fat and lazy when it comes to local reporting.

Now lets see if they invite Patterico to write one of those columns. He certainly qualifies as a critic – note that he has an entire category (Dog Trainer) devoted to takedowns of the L. A. Times…

Update: Another late night blogger (of the considerably more famous variety) on the other side of the Potomac beats me to the punch… Damn Golden Globes (w/ TiVo delay), distracting me from blogging…

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