Tribune owners pushed papers to run Hamas editorial
Why it matters: This is the first time Tribune appears to have been compelled to run an editorial sent down from its corporate leaders since the hedge fund purchased Tribune Publishing in 2021.
- The decision was made by Alden's MediaNews Group and Tribune Enterprises leadership, not the editorial boards of each individual newspaper. A source confirmed that company ownership was involved in the decision.
State of play: Some newsrooms that are avoiding the term argue it's become too politicized. Others say "terrorist group" accurately describes the group or that avoiding it normalizes Hamas' actions.
Details: The Trib ran the editorial at the bottom of its editorial page on Wednesday, with a line indicating it came from "MediaNews Group/Tribune Publishing" rather than its editorial board.
- The following day, the paper changed the way it refers to Hamas.
- The Trib's executive editor didn't respond to an Axios request for comment and its editorial page editor declined to comment.
What they're saying: "I think it was wise for the Tribune to label the editorial as coming from MediaNews Group/Tribune Publishing and not to run it as a straight editorial," former Tribune editorial board member Eric Zorn tells Axios.
- "It was therefore more like a compulsory op-ed, which is also not a good thing but not as bad as a newspaper having to play ventriloquist dummy for hedge fund kings."
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