March 15, 2009
The Brooklyn Paper and its new Courier-Life sibling: Markowitz, Ratner, and advertising
Atlantic Yards Report
There are questions in the minds of many as to what kind of coverage the Atlantic Yards fight will receive from the Brooklyn Paper now that it has been purchased by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. As a result of the purchase, the anti-AY Brooklyn Paper has the same owner as the pro-AY Courier-Life chain.
This blog entry points out that:
- The Courier-Life has been the publisher of Borough President Marty Markowitz's "Brooklyn!" newsletter, while the Brooklyn Paper has been critical of Markowitz.
- Dan Holt, co-publisher of the Courier-Life newspaper chain has accommodated demands by Forest City Ratner to bar specific individuals from a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce meeting in 2005.
- The Brooklyn Paper has criticized Courier-Life over the Courier-Life's policy to allow ads for “escort services” and “massages”.
Time will tell if the Brooklyn Paper maintains its independent viewpoint.
Posted by steve at March 15, 2009 11:03 AM