Otis Chandler

The good old (and bad old) days of newspaper power

As newspapers struggle for their place in a multi-media world, it's fun to look back at the days when they had it all.

That's the focus of "Inventing L.A.," a terrific documentary that most PBS stations air tonight (Monday). It tells about the generations in which the Los Angeles Times used its power badly -- and about recent decades, when it used it wonderfully. Here's a story I wrote for papers: