After Eason JordanThe outrage that has been expressed at Jordan's resignation by those on the left who still control the mainstream media sends the signal that they are not going to go down without a fight.
New York Sun Staff Editorial
If one is an incident, two is a coincidence, and three is a trend, feature this - top news executives at the New York Times, CBS News, and CNN, all toppled in the past two years by scandals that were heightened by pressure from new journalistic outlets. Taken in isolation, the departures of the New York Times's executive editor, Howell Raines, and his managing editor, Gerald Boyd; the managing editor of the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather, and three other CBS executives; and the executive vice president and chief news executive of CNN, Eason Jordan, would each be big events. Taken together, they suggest a news industry in the midst of a stunning revolution.
In each case, the particulars were different. But in each case there was one similarity. Prodded by the competitive pressure of a free market that includes not only a raft of newspapers, magazines, and broadcast outlets but also, now, Web sites such as National Review Online, Captainsquartersblog.com, instapundit.com, and slate.com, owners at the Times Company, Viacom, and Time Warner all responded to the uproars by sacrificing seasoned news executives with a sharply left-of-center world view. The Web sites aren't always conservative, but at the Times, the new executive editor, Bill Keller, has recently been suggesting he thinks at least some of the conservative ire at the press is justified. (link)
A fight it shall be.