The Dish has this piece on Time Inc.'s capitualtion to its business side, to which its news division will now directly report. That means--in a nutshell--the end of investigative reporting, criticism of anything having to do with business (at least those businesses that advertise) and a tilt in the world of journalism that, though not new, is certainly now official.
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Those little publications don't amount to a cup of warm spit in the overall scheme, but their influence is felt even by those who would be far more reluctant to sell their news space. When I was with the Blue Ridge Business Journal and co-owned FRONT magazine, we often heard from marketing managers, "Bella is giving us a page of editorial for a page of advertising" and there was nothing we could say except, "We don't do that. It is not ethical." Ethical-schmethical. There goes the financial underpinning of the publication and without the money, there is no news if that's the way you want to play it.
So now here we are, trying desperately to find a way to do this journalism thing in an age where money can buy anything. Anything at all. Just ask the Koch brothers, who are buying a country. On the cheap.
(Graphic: Pew Research Center.)