Friday, April 21, 2006

Michael Hiltzik - talking to himself...

The Times has suspended Michael Hiltzik’s Golden State blog on latimes.com. Hiltzik admitted Thursday that he posted items on the paper’s website, and on other websites, under names other than his own. That is a violation of The Times ethics guidelines, which requires editors and reporters to identify themselves when dealing with the public. The policy applies to both the print and online editions of the newspaper. The Times is investigating the postings.
This all started over at Patterico.

Hugh Hewitt is all over the "blog suspension" and has the LA times "Code of Ethics" posted with his comments interspersed, it's funny.

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I left this over in the comment section of the suspension announcement, though I doubt it will ever be posted.

TO: LA Times Editors
RE : Blog suspension
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I'm curious as to why you suspended "the blog?"

Did "the blog" do something wrong?

I had no idea blogs had become autonomous beings capable of acting on their own volition.

Wouldn't it make more sense to suspend, or fire, the author of the blog?