The Roots of Editorial 'Independence'


THE ROOTS OF EDITORIAL 'INDEPENDENCE'
[SOURCE: Wall Street Journal, AUTHOR: Jim Prevor, Phoenix Media Network]
[Commentary] The controversy over the possible sale of Dow Jones and particularly The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. may be predictable, and the efforts of the Bancroft family to maintain the editorial integrity of the publication may be laudable. Yet the complicated negotiations to create a board that would secure editorial independence are a mistake. They misinterpret the nature of editorial independence and miss the point that the owner of a publication is the person most likely to defend its editorial integrity. Editorial independence is always a function of one thing and one thing only: an editor's willingness to be fired.
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