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Questions Persist About Stengel’s Deal

On Monday, I asked, “Why aren’t the usual media-watchers all over” an incident recently described in New York magazine. In case you missed it, new TIME magazine editor Richard Stengel reacted to a complaint from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a major TIME advertiser, by asking a writer to rewrite part of his piece about the company.

One media-watcher, Paul McLeary of the Columbia Journalism Review, picked up on the post, and now Jim Romenesko, whom I alerted to my post on Monday, has linked to McLeary’s piece. The good news is that this means the Stengel-Apple incident is getting the scrutiny it deserves. The bad news is that, while Romenesko will link to just about anything Media Matters puts out, it appears that being conservative automatically disqualifies one from making noteworthy criticisms of the media, in his view.  

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