“Los Angeles Times Did Not Defame Fired Cartoonist, Judge Rules” -Newsweek

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Summary: ” The police department provided editors at The Los Angeles Times with audio recording of Rall’s arrest, and, also the complaint he subsequently filed with the department. Among those named as defendants was then-publisher Austin Beutner, a well-regarded member of the city’s ruling class who, according to the suit, fired Rall as a favor to his personal friend LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “An audiotape of the encounter recorded by the police officer doesn’t move back Rall’s assertions,” Goldberg wrote in a lengthy note that was appended to Rall’s original post. A variation on that very question is the basis, for one of the more contentious fights in journalism today, between cartoonist Ted Rall, and his foregoing employer, The Los Angeles Times. Cartoonist Ted Rall is suing his foregoing employer, The Los Angeles Times. In that blog post, Rall described a harrowing scene: “All of a sudden, a motorcycle officer zoomed over, threw me up against the wall, slapped on the cuffs, roughed me up, and wrote me a ticket. On Wednesday, a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles dismissed what the Times described as “key parts” of Ralls suit.”

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