UPDATE: Bizarrely, LA Times entertainment chief Sallie Hofmeister didn’t bother to even mention that Julie Makinen, formerly Julie Bowles, worked at The Hollywood Reporter briefly. Very briefly.
Previous: Earlier this week, I pointed out that both the new Movie Editor and TV Editor for The New York Times have zero experience with Hollywood. (New Movie And TV Editors For NY Times) Now the Los Angeles Times has announced its new Movie Editor replacing the incredibly mediocre Tim Swanson: her name is Julie Makinen, and she’s never covered showbiz or overseen its reporting. But the memo says she makes great ice cream. How can we take these newsosaurs seriously?