Freedom of the Press Belongs to Those Who Own Them

Editor & Publisher distinguished itself during the Bush regime for its skeptical coverage of the war and more. And now E&P is going to be closed at the end of the month, after 108 of continuous publication.

The new owners of E&P's parent, Nielsen Business Media, made the (to me) surprising decision to close it down — didn't even try to sell it or keep it alive online. How unsurprising, therefore, to learn that one part of the consortium that bought E&P's parent is the Carlyle Group.

Carlyle, like Haliburton and Brown & Root (now merged?), is a key part of the GOP power and influence (and state-sponsored profit) sector.

I'm not saying this is why Carlye will have bought NBM, but I doubt they shed a tear or lifted a finger to save E&P in any form.

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