No, there is no wall at Ogden
An increasingly important topic for media ethicists is the wall that should exist between news content and advertising; specifically, the important principle that the advertising side of a medium does not influence the editorial side. For Ogden, there’s not much wall – especially when the advertiser is Ogden itself.
Last year, for example, . . .
In just the last week, President Trump asserted the absolute right to pardon himself:
As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) . . .
Two recent stories that didn’t make the local “newspapers”
Ogden buys Ogden (UT) newspaper and then lays off 29 employees
From the Associated Press on Saturday:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Standard-Examiner newspaper has let go of 29 employees as it undergoes a transfer to new ownership.
The northern Utah newspaper reports that the employees were told Thursday their positions weren’t included in the . . .
Instead, Ogden Newspapers buys Virginia newspaper chain
From WV Metro News earlier today:
Ogden Newspapers is out as a bidder for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, leaving Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch as the apparent new owner of West Virginia’s Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. . . .
Ogden, which owns newspapers in several West Virginia cities, had been considered the stalking horse, having produced . . .
And the Wheeling News-Register can only tell us that there are "plenty of reasons" while ignoring the obvious one
From the editorial* in Wednesday’s Wheeling News-Register:
Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
This is yet another opinion piece that ignores the original story to go . . .
The Washington Post's coverage and a petition
The Washington Post is just up with an excellent article about the likely sale of the Charleston Gazette-Mail to Ogden Newspapers:
A West Virginia newspaper is in bankruptcy. The powerful coal industry celebrates.
The article by Steven Mufson begins with the coal head mocking G-M reporter Ken Ward that I wrote about two weeks ago. The . . .
From Adam Bittner in yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Weirton Medical Center, based in West Virginia, announced Thursday that it is pulling advertising from three publications owned by Ogden Newspapers over “the failure of the Pirates to craft a deal to keep Andrew McCutchen a Pirate.” Nutting is Ogden’s CEO.
“We are doing this not . . .