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New York Times Up for Grabs?

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Posted on Apr 2, 2008
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There was the Jason Blair scandal, the Judith Miller WMD fiasco, the John McCain (yawn) brouhaha and the appointment of neocon “never-get-it-right” William Kristol as an Op-Ed columnist, to mention a few New York Times blunders. All that and a shareholders’ assault make the Sulzbergers’ lock on ownership of The New York Times seem not entirely impregnable, explains Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff.


Vanity Fair:

Happy newspaper families are alike, and, it seems, unhappy newspaper families are alike, too: in the end they all lose their papers.

The Sulzbergers of The New York Times, along with the Grahams of The Washington Post and, until recently, the Bancrofts of The Wall Street Journal, have been among the most peaceable, stalwart, and worthy newspaper families of the ages, marrying the salubriousness of wealth and prestige with the virtues of enlightened ownership. What’s more, the Sulzbergers pioneered a historic family-and-corporate-ownership structure which was, in theory, next to impossible for an unwelcome outsider to mess with.

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By Thomas Billis, April 4, 2008 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

The NYT’s has one asset Frank Rich.The rest of it could be used to line the bottom of bird cages.

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By Howard, April 4, 2008 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

One of the best in the world, if not THE best.

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By cyrena, April 4, 2008 at 2:41 am Link to this comment

“...No one “blunders” into cahoots with the likes of the Judas Kristol.”...

Excellent point CPTL. It’s not really a ‘mistake’ now is it?

Then there’s the even sadder part that weather has already noted…The Times died on 9/11, when it failed to investigate the biggest crime ever committed against the U.S.A.

That’s NOT to say how terribly sad I am, and I agree with the poster “scared by repuglicans”. The death of the NYT is yet another fatality of the Dick Bush regime.

The NYT is not alone in this death as an entity. But the people who created it and kept it alive for so long, WILL live on…those who have contributed to the former intergrity and wealth that it once represented..the real journalists and all of the others that made it what it was for so long.

So, those ‘types’ of people will weather the storm, and hopefully rebuild.

At least that’s what I want to believe.

We’ll see.

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By republicanSScareme, April 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment
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One of the saddest casualities of the Bush-Zionist Administration is the transformation of the New York Times from the dean of American newspapers to the laughing stock of world journalism.

Good job, boys.

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By C.P.T.L., April 3, 2008 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment
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No one “blunders” into cahoots with the likes of the Judas Kristol.


It does not take a grand knowledge of politics or much understanding of one’s fellow man. A simple ration of common sense and native decency is enough to establish:


There are two types of people: those who have the smallest thing to do with William Kristol, and those who do not.

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By DennisD, April 3, 2008 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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They sold their journalistic integrity a long time ago so what’s the big deal about selling a brand name with nothing behind it. It couldn’t be more American.

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By weather, April 3, 2008 at 3:52 am Link to this comment
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The NY Times died on 9/11

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By weather, April 3, 2008 at 1:00 am Link to this comment
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its very spirit got crushed in its own rubble.

The publishers and editorial board were far too busy looking at their new Renzo Piano bespoke office plans than to have investigated w/even a modicum of integrity a horrible crime commited in broad daylight right down the street.

A newspaper that lies to itself, marginalized itself.

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