Peter Kafka

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QOTD: In Which "Google" = "Guilty!" (Even If It's Not Really True)

“I killed newspapers.”

— Eric Schmidt’s suggested epitaph, via Washington Post legend Bob Woodward. It’s not accurate, of course–real culprits range from an overabundance of commodity news, to the evaporation of classified ads and monopoly ad pricing to an over-reliance on debt markets–but it is pithy.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald