My (Plagiarized) Thoughts on Murdoch and the WSJ

I can’t remember who said it, it was some old Chicago newspaperman at a panel I once attended about the future of the local newspapers. He was talking about editorial meddling, particularly at the Sun Times under convicted felon Conrad Black, where the page was used to clearly used to advance the business interets of its owner. (Deciding, for instance, that Mayor Daley was a great mayor just as they began negotiating an expensive and tricky development deal for a large sky scraper headquaters in the loop). Wen someone asked him about this, the columnist shrugged his shoulders and said, “Nobody ever bought a bicycle they didn’t want to ride.”

I hope the employees of the WSJ enjoy being ridden. Because they will be.

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