Friday, November 30, 2007

What You Get from a Monopoly

ottenchester, proprietor of The Fighting 29th blog, has begun a series examining problems with the Democrat and Chronicle:

I'm going to look at the "Gannett Way" of running a newspaper, and I'll try to understand why it's bad for the public and bad for business.
His analyses are right on the money and deserve your attention.   Check out the first three in the series:

Nothing To Be Smug About

Gannett, the D&C and "You"

The Smugtown Gazette on the Internet

Earlier this month we commented on what we call the D&C's cognitive dissonance:   the lack of discernible internal logic in their editorial positions taken as a whole.   This judgement has nothing to do with whether you like their editorials or don't like them.   You can look at New York Times editorials as a body of work and discern a coherent philosophical outlook.  Same with The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and, in our experience of them, many other newspapers.   But look at the body of work comprised of Democrat and Chronicle editorials over time and you find a chaotic patchwork of internal contradictions.  You can read our take on it here.

We've also commented recently on a breathtaking breach of ethics by the D&C, that you can read about here.

Cheers to Rottenchester for initiating this discussion, to which we look forward to contributing.

1 comment:

Rottenchester said...

Thanks for the links.

Also, I thought your series on the elections was very good.