Blogger Ethics

Yet more evidence that the Internet is journalism’s downfall:



With its newspaper operations in distress and its corporate image in tatters, the company is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to shore up its baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.


Tribune owns the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, two venerable newspapers that are in disarray because the parent company can’t seem to generate big enough profits to satisfy its investors on Wall Street. Life at the L.A. Times is so chaotic that the paper’s editor and publisher both quit recently, rather than submit to Tribune Co.’s seemingly endless cost-cutting.

Then we have the woeful Cubbies. In parallel with the newspaper franchises, the Cubs also recently replaced their leader, Manager Dusty Baker. The team limped to a 66-96 record this year, finishing last in the National League.


Your newspaper operations are a mess and your baseball team is a disaster. So, what do you do? Why, invest heavily in the baseball team, of course.


On Monday, Tribune confirmed that it would pay free-agent slugger Alfonso Soriano $136 million over eight years. It’s spending more than $200 million total on many players this off-season, as well as hiring a new manager, veteran Lou Piniella.


Via Romenesko.


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7 thoughts on “Blogger Ethics

  1. Being from the great state of Missouri, I have to make 2 comments:
    1) St Louis won. The Cubs have a dismal historical records extending back 1/2 a century.
    2) Don’t listen to me on the Cubs – the Chicago fans will tell you everything bad about the Cubs you’d ever want to hear. Frankly, I’ve never understood the relationship between the Cubs and their fans.

  2. the cubs were under the brewers?
    i would rather blogs killed teevee gnews.

  3. “Tribune owns the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, two venerable newspapers that are in disarray because the parent company can’t seem to generate big enough profits to satisfy its investors on Wall Street.”
    ‘Venerable’? The Chicago Trib has owned its Liesangeles Times since 2000. They clearly purchased the paper to aid GFH Bush in his coup. And now the paper is on the market because they’re done raping it for whatever made the paper appealing before 2000.
    Multiple Pulitzer prize winning Editor? Gone.
    Best political columnist in Los Angeles? Gone.
    Credibilty? Nil.
    Local toleration for rightwing columnists and cartoonists spreading hate and disinformation as if representing our views?
    Strike Four — you’re out of here.
    Boycott the Liesangeles Times. Chicago may be the Hog Butcher of the World, but the Butcher of Nations is clearly GFH Bush. Both are PIGS, so it’s not surprising they like each other.
    — Paul in LA

  4. Who else makes bad decisions with baseball teams instead of good decisions on news gathering?
    Bush? Sammy Sousa anyone?

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