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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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December 22, 2007 6:35 AM

Comment response

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Blogging at Daily Democracy will slow, but not stop, with Christmas and New Years just days away. I wanted to respond to a comment before the holiday frenzy completely consumes my time.

T Heller wrote:

"Ryan, surely you can't mean it when you write: 'Do not really care how the Times got there, just that they did.' Surely how they weighed various factors to be considered is important - indeed, critical in formulating their opinion. If you disagree with that observation, then your mind is prone to being labelled as closed, is it not? Talk about an inclination towared the "pre-ordained" outcome!! You need to sharpen your analytic logic...."

Good question. Unequivocally I kind of care. How is that for some sharp analytic logic? I am more interested with the process the Times editorial board went through to get there. Was this something they talk about often? Was it unanimous? I am not sure, but I believe the Times had supported lifting the cross-ownership ban. That or it was an issue they did not editorialize on. What does matter is that the weight of the New York Times is behind the wide-spread opposition to the FCC's decision to lift the cross-ownership ban.

So, does it matter how they got there. No. It is more interesting. If they were the board making policy decisions, then it would be vital to know. Since they are an editorial board it would have been nice to be a fly on the wall, but more important that they are here.

Good question T Heller. Thanks for reading, and taking the time to comment.

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