If former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and his partners end up owning the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, “the newspapers will be viewed as a direct extension of the Democratic Party and Chamber of Commerce,” writes Paul Davies, who has worked at both dailies.
The intrinsic value of a newspaper rests in its creditability. Readers must trust what they are reading is honest, fair, accurate and the best effort at the truth. There are many first-rate journalists at both papers, and they will try to soldier on. But any real or perceived conflicts of interest stemming from the Rendell ownership group will undermine their credibility.