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Newspaper Guys to Blogger: We're Not Dead Yet

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In the latest spat between old and new media, a newspaper chief lashed back at a blog's listicle on 10 newspapers it said were most likely to quit print next.

"If we hold up this type of blog 'reporting' as journalism, God save our democracy," said Brian Tierney, CEO of Philadelphia Media Holdings, which owns the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

The listicle at a blog called 24/7 Wall Street -- and picked up by Time.com as part of a content-sharing agreement -- put the Daily News as one of the properties most likely to fold, citing, among other things, the fact that Tierney had filed for bankruptcy.

The blog also targeted the money-losing New York Daily News, prompting that paper to fire back Tuesday. "Had this writer made one phone call to the Daily News, he would know that every so-called fact [in the post] is wrong," News CEO Marc Kramer said.

Some of the blowback comes because Time.com gave the blog post high visibility. Time.com, where the list was "most read" and "most emailed" on Wednesday, ran the post as if it were a Time story written "By 24/7 Wall Street."

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