05/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Los Angeles Times Executive Editor: "Southland" Ad Was "Horrible," I Was On Vacation

John Arthur, executive editor of the Los Angeles Times, talked to TheWrap about his concern over two advertisements that have stirred conflict within the newspaper.

What was your reaction to the "Southland" ad?
It was unfortunate. The reaction from the staff and others demonstrated that it was a mistake.

You were on vacation for the drama last week?

I hadn't seen the NBC ad before I left; I didn't recognize how horrible it was until I saw an image of the front page later.

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