Friday, April 29, 2011

Morning Brief: Third time makes a pattern; from war correspondent to society editor; Globe reports that bid is being prepared for NYT-owned New England division

The spring season for American journalism means the Academy Awards and the Pulitzer Prizes. This year it also means a royal wedding. What is the old saying? "Once is chance, twice is coincidence, third time is a pattern."

Such is the state of American journalism: celebrity obsessed, self-absorbed, and prone to royalty worship. It's not a pretty sight.

I see the editor of the New York Times, Bill Keller, has a column this morning where he comes out "rooting for the Gang of Six" – the three Democrats and three Republicans who are negotiating away the final shreds of the American social contract.

Not surprisingly, Keller's column does not allow for comments.

You can, of course, post a comment on John Burns's live blog of the royal wedding. Burns, formerly the chief cheerleader at the Times for America's series of wars, and the attack dog against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is apparently now the NYT's society editor in London.

The Boston Globe is reporting that a local businessman, Aaron Kushner, 38, is preparing a bid to buy the the New England Media Group from The New York Times Co. The Globe itself is part of the group, of course.

The Times attempted to sell off the group in '09, but the timing was horrible as the economy was tanking.

Chris Harte, former publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and the Minneapolis Star Tribune is said to be advising Kushner. Ben Bradlee Jr., a former Globe editor is said to be involved in the team, as well.