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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Making their numbers (up?)

Let me leave it to Jay Fitzgerald and Dan Kennedy to host my thoughts for the day (real reporters and not bloviators like me!)

The incongruity of the numbers as parsed by both of them just fits into the overall scenario that something else is underlying the Times' threat to close the Globe.

I'm not suggesting for a second that there isn't a problem -- the shrinking paper is made up by unequal parts of advertising shrinkage and staff cuts, with fewer ads meaning fewer pages. A once robust classifieds section is truly an embarrassment.

Neither the Times nor the Globe is under any obligation to tell us anything. Nor is an potential or ephemeral buyer. But as Dan reminds us, the SEC is another matter. That Times filing may be one of the most clicked documents on the web when it appears.



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