It’s official. As reported earlier, the LAT has fired liberal columnist Robert Scheer as well as conservative (or at least conservative-ish) cartoonist Michael Ramirez.
The new lineup includes new columnists and ones already appearing in the newspaper. They are: Max Boot, the Olin Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; Rosa Brooks, a University of Virginia Law School professor; Jonathan Chait, a senior editor of the New Republic; Meghan Daum, whose commentaries often appear on National Public Radio; Niall Ferguson, a professor of history at Harvard University; Jonah Goldberg, a contributing editor to the National Review and founding editor of the National Review Online; Erin Aubry Kaplan, a writer for the L.A. Weekly; Patt Morrison, a longtime columnist for The Times; Gregory Rodriguez, a Los Angeles-based Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.; and Joel Stein, who has written a Hollywood-themed column since earlier this year.
Scheer and Ramirez are, predictably, steamed. And we don’t really blame them. But the new additions (Daum, Kaplan, Goldberg) are all good writers with interesting things to say. Hey, they can’t just invite everyone to write editorials. No, really, they can’t. They tried that already.