Among the many questions looming in the air now is how many, if any, of the senior editors at the Times will follow Baquet out the door. Remember, it was reported that the top three editors had all vowed to back Baquet with their feet. Over time there’s no doubt that some top reporters will depart, especially if the New York Times goes on a hiring binge. But there aren’t that many jobs out there that pay comparable to the LAT, and besides, the smart money might be to wait and see if the Tribune pays people to leave.
I suppose there’s something admirable about the way Baquet stood up for his people, but that sort of gesture isn’t going to solve the deeper problems all newspapers are facing.