Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009 | Love him or hate him, to know Robert A. Kittle, The San Diego Union-Tribune’s now former editorial page editor, is to have an opinion about him.
As the principal architect of the newspaper’s conservative editorial page, the source of its institutional voice, Kittle was the primary force behind the anonymously written editorials and endorsements on the influential page.
To many, Bob Kittle was the Union-Tribune — its debate moderator, KPBS radio guest and community forum pundit. He likes bowties and big words. And he was laid off Wednesday along with at least 13 other news staffers.
His dismissal marks a sharp break in the newspaper’s tradition by its new owner, Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity. Kittle had been an institution there, long supported by David Copley, the newspaper’s former owner, who sold the business earlier this year.