According to an article in the NY Times, The Dallas Morning News has restructured its management so that news editors now report directly to the executives who mange ad sales. According to the Times this “overturns longstanding traditions in American newspapers aimed at shielding news judgments from business concerns.”
Does this make you want to laugh? Does anyone actually believe that American newspapers (including the Times) report the news independently of business concerns?
Heck, even progressives recently had a campaign to get advertisers to pull their sponsorship of certain news shows on Fox News, in an effort to affect their reporting.
Maybe I’m cynical, but American newspapers were bought and paid for a very long time ago. The Times’ professed indignation just seems a bit ironic to me.