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Editor Smith: Murdock/WSJ Merger Concerns SR

Item: Wall Street Journal reporters skip work to protest possible sale to Murdoch/Seattle P-I

The Murdoch saga is hotter news in the East where his profile – and growing political influence – is greatest. But it’s also a good example of the integrated media landscape in which we all operate. At The Spokesman-Review, we purchase a special Sunday-only package from the Journal. It runs in the Business section and really gives us some depth on an important day. If the editorial integrity of the Journal is called into question because of Murdoch’s impact, we would have to reconsider that content. Dropping the WSJ package wouldn’t hurt Murdoch or amount to much of a protest. Igt would hurt our newspaper and our readers who have come to appreciate the Journal’s Sunday content. I don’t know what will happen, but promise we’ll keep a close eye on developments. Meanwhile, Wall Street Journal reporters and editors refused to come to work this morning to protest the pending sale. They were to be back on the job this afternoon -- Steve Smith/News Is A Conversation.

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Question: What do you think of Murdoch and the possible sale? Do these East Coast media tizzies have any impact on you at all?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.