MONDAY’S LINKS: When Comments Get Ugly, Burkle/Broad Complaint Over Zell, ‘Death of Newspapers’

By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, Ron Burkle and Eli Broad claim that their bid for Tribune was given short shrift, online posts become newsmakers, and a question of what to do about the problem of abusive and violent online comments.


One of the unique qualities of Internet discourse is its freewheeling, no-holds-barred nature, where passionate arguments are often accompanied by some choice expletives and a virtual finger in the eye. But what happens when the talk turns ugly, racist and violent? (Washington Post)

But media experts say that the way “Hillary 1984” made its way into the national discussion serves as a cautionary tale for traditional news outlets, which risk spreading material that may be damaging or untrue to wider audiences ? all for the sake of staying current with the Web. (USA Today)

Paul Farhi: Social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are among the latest media organizing tools of the political set. (Washington Post)

Thomas Hawk: I’m certainly not the first person to say that the newspaper business is dead. … The worst part about it is that some of the most wonderful people in the world work in the newspaper business. Some of the most genuine, interesting, and creative people forgo the big money, salaries and stock options to instead focus on doing something interesting, amazing and that matters with their professional life. I’m not sure exactly where all of these people will end up, (Seeking Alpha)

Barry Welford: I believe there are more fundamental reasons why the newspapers are finding it difficult to move with the times. It?s because newspaper publishers have a long tradition spanning centuries of producing printed newspapers. They?re good at it but they, like many others, assume the Internet is merely an alternative communication channel to transport their wares. Developing an effective website on the Internet is fundamentally different. (WebProNews)

As video news on the Web gains popularity, newspapers are realizing that they can benefit greatly from allowing their journalists to get creative with online video ?an expert recently gave some tips to Media Guardian on how newspapers can move forward in the video revolution. (EditorsWeblog)

Real estate mogul Sam Zell’s jump to the head of the pack in the auction for Tribune Co. has led Los Angeles billionaires Ron Burkle and Eli Broad to protest that their earlier offer was given short shrift. (LA Times)

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