ANC Action Alert Urges LA Times Editors Resignation

GLENDALE–A few weeks ago, Los Angeles Times Managing Editor Douglas Frantz went out of his way to kill a story on the Armenian Genocide. The basis he used for killing the story were allegations that the Armenian American reporter who wrote the article had a conflict of interest on the subject and had circumvented the normal process for articles. Both of Frantz’s accusations have since been proven completely baseless according to an internal investigation. Yet, Frantz has experienced no repercussions whatsoever for his discriminatory, and potentially illegal, behavior. Doug Frantz’s accusations against journalist Mark Arax were discriminatory and unethical. His actions demonstrate that he is unfit to be a managing editor for the Los Angeles Times, which is a well-respected newspaper. The Armenian National Committee of America, the nations largest Armenian American grassroots public affairs organization, has been in discussions with Times officials and is tracking the situation closely. The ANCA is gravely concerned that a senior-level editor at the Los Angeles Times is seriously compromising journalistic and ethical standards, and possibly even breaking the law, by telling an Armenian American writer that he cannot report on the Armenian Genocide. The assertion, which documen’s seem to corroborate, is deeply troubling. commented ANCA Western Region Board member Zanku Armenian. "It appears that the Times may have its own ‘Don Imus’ situation, which is very unfortunate and damaging to the reputation of our citys newspaper of record." Join tens-of-thousands of concerned Los Angeles Times readers in helping ensure that this prestigious paper is not further damaged by the actions of one disreputable editor. Please visit to make your voice heard.


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