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Your News Junky Fix? The bean counters are watering your booze

Although the effect on Cape Cod's media isn't obvious to the casual observer, the "bottom-lining" which is running rampant in America's news organizations is noticed by those here to peek behind the curtain. With each passing press run there is less locally written news in America's newspapers and more "filler" from national wire services, mostly the same news we all heard or read the day before on CNN or the internet.

Mark J.The region's preeminent media writer, Mark Jurkowitz, on right, who appears regularly on the WGBH Friday program "Best The Press", and who recently moved to Boston Phoenix after years at The Globe, writes knowingly about the problem for anyone keeping up with this blog here.

As Mark points out this week with several quotable examples, the "bean counters" are rapidly destroying America's national press in its insane quest for 30% and more profits.

It's now been ten days since CC Times Editor Cliff Schechtman announced his departure, and there is still no replacement named.

At the same time the Business Page Editor Ethan Zindler has decamped for Washington DC, the fourth or fifth reporter to leave in the last six months.   WB

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