In today's links, David Broder thinks the media's role in the Imus affair is embarrassing, a journalist who slammed Bill O'Reilly says she was stalked, and Adam Reilly thinks the Boston Globe's Pulitzer is a sign that smaller newspapers should keep their Washington bureaus.
-- Seattle Times
: The Seattle Times Co. said Wednesday it decided to settle its four-year legal fight with The Hearst Corp. in part because it was "fairly certain" the costly struggle would have dragged on even after a climactic binding-arbitration trial decided the matter.
-- Boston Phoenix
: Adam Reilly thinks the Boston Globe's Pulitzer indicates that reporters from smaller papers are still needed to cover national issues.
: If journalists condemn Bill O'Reilly, he'll strike back anytime and anywhere -- even in the parking lot of a local Wild Oats.
-- Washington Post
: "Last week the tattered reputation of journalism in this country saw severe damage," writes David Broder. "The role of the media in the phony Duke lacrosse rape story and the Don Imus firing left large parts of the so-called establishment press embarrassed and besmirched."
-- Sarasota Herald Tribune
: "Because advertising revenues have plummeted to the point that, if the company were a human patient, we would have already pulled the plug, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has instituted some cost-cutting measures," writes David Grimes. "For example, beginning May 1, writers are forbidden from using vowels in their sentences."
: Newspaper in Mexico drug war hotspot hit by grenade.
-- AP via Jerusalem Post
: Imprisoned Palestinian leader calls for the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston.