A Dispute Between the Los Angeles Times and its Employees

A dispute has arisen between the Los Angeles Times and its employees. The New York Times has learned that the dispute has been fueled by another dispute between the paper and Walt Disney. Back on 3rd November, the Los Angeles Times wrote an article in one of its columns detailing how Walt Disney had decided to prevent its employees from attending advance film screenings. The Times revealed that Walt Destiny arrived at this decision over an investigation it had carried out about the relationship between the entertainment industry and Anaheim, Calif. The way that Walt Disney reacted to the move managed to make news over the internet, especially social media. According to employees who are familiar with the situation, the quarrel broke out during a daily meeting that saw the attendance of over 10 editors. During the meeting, one of the staff said that they should make the two-part investigative series public. However, this didn’t go well with senior editors such as Lewis D’Vorkin. For starters, Mr. D’Vorkin happens to be a recently installed editor at the company. Later in the day, several journalists were warned from tweeting stories emanating from the Los Angeles Times. Some employees viewed the move as an effort by the newly installed chief to stop them from messing around with a powerful company such as Walt Disney.

The tactic by Mr. D’Vorkin worked on both fronts. The journalists at the Times didn’t print the story, and this forced Walt Disney to rethink its decision. Late last week, Walt Disney released a statement saying that it had reversed its decision to ban Los Angeles Times employees from its films. The firm further said that the decision was reached after the company engaged in productive discussions with the Los Angeles Times new leadership. The New York Times held a phone interview with the new editor, and he confessed that he had discussed the issue with Walt Disney. He said that while the company listened to his point of view, he also listened to what they had to say. It’s after the discussions that the two agreed to work together and continue with the reporting. He said that he had warned his staff so that they could not put an opinion on the matter. It was also a way of ensuring the issue didn’t degenerate to a serious matter. This is not the first time that employees have expressed frustrations with the Times management. This has become a habit at the company.


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