TUESDAY’S LINKS: Billionaires as Newspapers’ Only Hope, ‘Strib’ Sale Odd, Right’s Anti-Media Campaign Backfires

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, Paul McLeary says the recent media dustups in the blogosphere don’t do much to help the medium, Edward Wasserman wonders whether newspapers should do away with the tradition of “beats,” and Jay Rosen thinks that conservatives’ campaign against the media has backfired when it comes to Iraq.

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Paul McLeary: To be sure, newspapers print their share of fluff (Bill and Hill, anyone?) and are hardly immune from getting things wrong, but we can’t help but think, in some way, that the blogosphere’s unfortunate habit of obsessing over digital time stamps, Senators’ meal companions, and other silly and pointless pursuits can’t help but hurt the medium. (CJR Daily)

Edward Wasserman: Reporters can’t be both a friend and a foe of sources. (Miami Herald)

Jay Rosen: There has been a conservative campaign against the mainstream media. But has this campaign been good for conservatives? Not in Iraq. (PressThink)

Dante Chinni: Local ownership can help renew a newspaper’s priorities, but it’s no panacea. (Christian Science Monitor)

Michael Wolff: Maybe none of the billionaires lining up to buy a newspaper — e.g., David Geffen, Ron Burkle, Eli Broad, Hank Greenberg — know what they would be getting into. Maybe their motives are … complicated. Maybe they’re not even serious. But they may be the only future the industry has. (Vanity Fair)

Patriots’ Belichek apologizes for slamming photog and his camera. (Boston Globe)

There is still plenty that seems odd about the sale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. (City Pages)

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