Portents of things to come at the surviving Las Vegas newspaper?
While the effort to eliminate the Sun as an insert in the Review-Journal is wending through the federal court to an inevitable conclusion, an interesting development in Philadelphia may foretell the future.
On Sept. 9, the Inquirer cut its opinion pages from two a day to one, reports Citypaper. One of the paper’s two editorial writers will be reassigned.
The reason given by management is that a recent survey found readers think the paper is biased. Thus the remedy was to cut opinion. You can’t be seen as biased if you express no opinions.
But the Citypaper quoted a newsroom source as saying, ”I have heard from a number of credible places that there was a desire to eliminate the entire opinion section — all of the opinion pages —going back quite a while.”
Now, where have I heard that before?
Oh yes, when the new publisher, Bob Brown, took over at the R-J, he was asked during a meeting with newsroom staffers if there was something in the paper he would like to eliminate. He promptly replied: opinion.
They first fired the cartoonist. Then they agreed to let go the senior opinion editor. Then they let go the editorial page editor, followed by the assistant editorial page editor who was also a noted libertarian-leaning columnist with a considerable following. The paper is down to two people running the opinion pages.
Once the Sun is removed, what next will fall?
Mark my word. Just as I predicted the elimination of the Sun …