Tuesday, July 28, 2015

: re: Stepping on a Slippery Slope

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From: barry levine
Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 8:34 AM
Subject: re: Stepping on a Slippery Slope
To: "letters@nytimes.com"

To the Editor:
   No one can accept Martin Baron's claim that journalists need to
"abandon the idea that the news room can labor in isolation from the
business operations" and still work as a journalist.  Giving
advertisers what they want is the business of entertainers. But the
functioning of our republic requires an informed electorate, and that
in turn requires journalism, especially when it covers material
advertisers don't want to endorse.
   It is sad to see that Bezos' Washington Post has abandoned even the
pretense of pursuing journalism. It is outrageous that a columnist in
this paper should cite Baron approvingly.
Barry Haskell Levine


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