The LA Times handling of Ted Rall has been very bizarrre:
Ted Rall, a journalist and cartoonist often critical of police misconduct, was fired by the LA Times after the LAPD claimed he lied about a 2001 encounter with an officer. But an audio recording of the event appears to back up Rall’s version of events, leaving everyone to wonder why the Times was so eager to cut him loose.***
The LA Police Union was ready with a gloating press release praising the Times’ decision.
The transcript provided to the Times depicts a calm encounter, but the audiotape that came with it is a murky, noisy mess.
Greg Palast, famous investigative reporter and manager of a nonprofit foundation that backs Rall’s work, writes that he was also about to fire him as well, but asked for the tape first to hear it for himself.
“To my surprise–and Rall’s glee–the crowd that he had allegedly fantasized about suddenly came alive–with three women shouting, ‘Why’d you handcuff him?’ and ‘Take off his handcuffs!,'” Palast wrote.
It’s hard to conclude much other than than that they were looking to can him, as he can be a total asshole at times (something I know a bit about), but he totally got screwed here it seems.