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Dodd Slams Murdoch-WSJ Deal

Sooner or later everything makes its way into the presidential race. And so it was that Sen. Chris Dodd weighed in on the sale of the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

"I am deeply troubled by the incredible amount of consolidation occurring across the American media landscape," Dodd said in a statement issued by his campaign.

Is Dodd perhaps trying to pick a fight with conservative magnate Rupert Murdoch?

A campaign spokeswoman said no. "No, no, no, it's just the merger," Colleen Flanagan said. She said Dodd has seen the Tribune Company gobble up news outlets in Connecticut and is unsettled by the monopolization of the industry. "He is a believer in the right to free speech," she said.

-- Anne E. Kornblut

Posted at 2:10 PM ET on Aug 1, 2007  | Category:  Chris Dodd
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This is awful. Don't expect much change in the editorial page, but the WSJ has always had a solid wall b/t the editorial page and the news pages, which have been hard-hitting, interesting, and indepedent. That wall will soon crumble -- look for selective coverage that will increasingly bolster right-wing and Murdoch's personal and business interests. The surfeit of Murdoch precedent out there leads to no other conclusion. At least we'll still have the NYT, Bloomberg for financial news, and, of course, The Post (The Washington Post, that is, not the NY Post).

Posted by: fairfieldbuckhd | August 1, 2007 9:17 PM

This is awful. Don't expect much change in the editorial page, but the WSJ has always had a solid wall b/t the editorial page and the news pages, which have been hard-hitting, interesting, and indepedent. That wall will soon crumble -- look for selective coverage that will increasingly bolster right-wing and Murdoch's personal and business interests. The surfeit of Murdoch precedent out there leads to no other conclusion. At least we'll still have the NYT, Bloomberg for financial news, and, of course, The Post (The Washington Post, that is, not the NY Post).

Posted by: fairfieldbuckhd | August 1, 2007 9:17 PM

MONOPOLY MORE FAUX NEWS AND NOW FAUX FINANCIAL INFORMATION/NEWS!!

WHERE HAS OUR DEMOCRACY GONE????

IS IT UNDER THIS CHAIR? IS IT UNDER THIS CABINET? IS IT UNDER THIS DESK? IS IT OVER HERE? Words of GW Bush, mockingly looking for WMD's in his oval office while our service members were dying on the battlefield of Iraq for OIL.

Posted by: marinemommilof3 | August 1, 2007 6:18 PM

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