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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
The New York Sun:
If one is an incident, two is a coincidence, and three is a trend, feature this – top news executives at the New York Times, CBS News, and CNN, all toppled in the past two years by scandals that were heightened by pressure from new journalistic outlets. Taken in isolation, the departures of the New York Times’s executive editor, Howell Raines, and his managing editor, Gerald Boyd; the managing editor of the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather, and three other CBS executives; and the executive vice president and chief news executive of CNN, Eason Jordan, would each be big events. Taken together, they suggest a news industry in the midst of a stunning revolution.
In a column published just days before Jordan’s resignation, Phillip Adams wrote:
There’s a prevailing delusion that the unmediated world of the internet is creating a vibrant, electronic democracy—a parallel universe that will reshape political dynamics and counterbalance mainstream media … it’s hard to see solid evidence of significant impact.
Of course it’s hard to see—all those news execs keep disappearing for some reason!
(Via Florida Cracker)
UPDATE. Michael Gawenda, The Age’s man in Washington, writes a 1020-word column on the “deep malaise affecting the US media�?, in which he miraculously avoids mentioning Eason Jordan or Dan Rather. Jeff Gannon—the notorious Jeff Gannon—is highlighted, however:
After digging by a number of left-wing bloggers, it became clear that this so-called journalist runs a website funded by a Bush-backer, goes under an assumed name, and has in the past been involved in pornographic sites on the internet.