Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson (now a Pulitzer Prize winner) takes a look at the efforts of the New York Times to squeeze another $20 million out of the Boston Globe in order to keep New England's largest newspaper afloat. It's interesting reading, especially in light of yesterday's tough news at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. As deputy editor Frank Fellone once told me, everyone in the newspaper business is "dancing as fast as they can."
From Robinson's column: "We have gone through other periods when great newspapers succumbed to new economic realities. Most American cities once had three, four or more competing dailies; now, most are down to just one. But those earlier rounds of attrition were exercises in survival of the fittest. The difference now is that newspapers are in trouble no matter how fit they are."