Sunday, July 12, 2009

Freedom Of The Press Means Freedom To Fail

The obituaries over the past week for Robert E.L. Taylor Jr. duly noted that in the 1960s and 1970s he was the publisher of the Philadelphia Bulletin--owned by his in-laws--when it was one of the country's largest afternoon daily newspapers. But what the notices of his death at age 96 didn't mention was his memoir. It still ranks as both one of American newspapering's greatest hatchet jobs and, in this era of withering Internet competition, a relevant, revealing look at ineffective responses by print management to technological and other challenges.

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