Monday, September 16, 2013

Thanks Jeff Bezos, but …

At 12:46 PM (Pacific Time) today, Desiree Everts DeNunzio filed a story on CNET News to the effect that the The Washington Post had dropped its paywall to provide more readers with access to up-to-the-minute reporting on this morning's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. She quoted Jeff Bezos as issuing an announcement that "won't be leading The Washington Post day to day," because the "paper's duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners." That may be so; but the fact is that, for the better part of the morning, I had been getting my most timely dispatches through the RSS feed from KGO, the local ABC source for San Francisco, followed by lunch at 11 AM with the one-hour news broadcast on Al Jazeera America, which managed to give thorough coverage to both the Navy Yard and the latest findings and repercussions over chemical weapons in Syria. When it came to time for the 1 PM news conference, there was no question what would be the source in our household!

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