How Ed Rendell could ruin Philly’s newspapers

Ed Rendell

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.

* How Ed Rendell could ruin the Inquirer and the Daily News