In yet another sign of the print media meltdown the venerable Washington Post newspaper on Tuesday announce it's closing its Los Angeles bureau along with its outposts in Chicago and New York.

Some of the Posts top journalists (John Pomfret being one) made career stops at the L.A. bureau, and it provided a voice for Los Angeles because it is a must-read paper among the government's power elite. But no more.

Reuters reports that the money-losing paper needs to re-energize its focus on D.C. politics and news. The Post also recently laid off some employees of its website and has already gone through a few rounds of layoffs — like a lot of big-city papers.

“At a time of limited resources and increased competitive pressure, it's necessary to concentrate our journalistic firepower on our central mission of covering Washington and the news, trends and ideas that shape both the region and the countries politics, policies and government,” editor Marcus Brauchli told his staff in a memo obtained by Reuters.

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