L.A. Times Reporter Who Covered Music Biz Is Downsized
July 17, 2008 at 5:30 AM (PT)
In a drastic effort to reduce mounting expenses, the L.A. TIMES has announced the departure of several veteran journalists from their staff. The cost reduction campaign comes as many print newspaper and magazines are suffering the same, if not worse, shrinking revenues radio faces, reports ALLHIPHOP.COM.
CHUCK PHILLIPS, who won a PULITZER in 1999 for his work on music business corruption, is one the journalists reported to be leaving the paper. He is well known in hip-hop culture for his controversial stories surrounding the deaths of TUPAC SHAKUR and CHRISTOPHER WALLACE, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G..
In 2002, PHILLIPS wrote an investigative story implicating WALLACE in the drive-by murder of SHAKUR. In MARCH, PHILLIPS wrote an explosive story on TUPAC’s 1994 shooting, alleging that the plot was orchestrated by moguls SEAN COMBS and JAMES "JIMMY HENCHMEN" ROSEMOND. An expose by THE SMOKING GUN website revealed that PHLLIPS based his story around forged FBI documents written by JAMES SABATINO, a con man incarcerated in federal prison. In APRIL, the L.A. TIMES retracted the story.