Gov: Rendell owning papers ‘a bad idea’

Gov. Corbett

“I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I look to newspapers to be objective,” said Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania’s Republican governor. Ed Rendell, who is wants to buy the Inquirer and Daily News, “will always be a politican.”
* Bad idea for Rendell to seek newspaper role || Another view from Jack Shafer



  1. Doug said:

    Objective news is an anomaly cherished by people of a certain age. A careful reading of newspaper history will reveal that dailies have always been political, for a very long time, except for a few recent decades when they pretended they were not.

  2. This reminds me of how strongly Tom Corbett stood against Richard Mellon Scaife’s purchase of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. As Corbett said at the time, Scaife couldn’t possibly be a credible owner of a major newspaper because he;s such a prominent arch-conservative.

    Wait a minute…

    I’m sorry, I’ve just been told that Tom Corbett never said a word about Scaife. My mistake. Apparently he’s just a hypocrite who’s only opposed to prominent liberals owning major newspapers.

  3. R Thomas Berner said:

    I share Doug’s comment. Objectivity is a quaint historic belief that had no basis in fact.

  4. Dan Mitchell said:

    A careful reading of history also shows that through most of history, people believed the earth was flat and at the center of the universe, and that the best system of government was the monarchy.

    Not to say objectivity as it has been practiced is the best approach. But I don’t think we want to go back to propagandist sleaze-sheets either.