What You Should Have Read, July 31, 2007

NYT Readers Weigh in on Dow Jones Deal

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Rupert's Wall Street Journal
The New York Times site -- based on today's news that enough members of the Bancroft family have agreed to sell Dow Jones Co. to News Corp. -- solicited readers' opinions of a Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal. A poster named Robert said: "I'm not a big fan of the Wall Street Journal, but I give it credit for being an authority on business news. If Murdoch is successful in buying the Journal, say goodbye to in-depth reporting. ... It will conceal or bury stories that have a direct conflict with Murdoch's business interests. Smart buy? You bet." Another poster, Mary Callahan, seems to encapsulate the prevailing sentiment among the crowd: "The late columnist Mike Royko summed it up when he said "No self-respecting fish would allow itself to be wrapped in a Rupert Murdoch newspaper."
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