Why Does The DMN Still Have An “Editorial Board”?

An ink-stained FrontBurnervian sends along this critique by Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch. Key point:

As I have had the privilege to experience, there still exists these 19th century things called “editorial boards,” in which up to a dozen (though usually more like half that) wiseacres and a couple of dames sit around, listen to grandees, and between the lot of them write maybe 1,000 words a day of grave, unsigned, top-down wisdom about the State of the Union address…Suffice it to say, as one who is familiar with the numbers, you could probably print at least three Reason magazines (complete with website, blog, the whole nine yards) for the cost of one elite-newspaper opinion section, with its 14 pages a week.

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5 responses to “Why Does The DMN Still Have An “Editorial Board”?”

  1. Billusa99 says:

    Because they need somewhere to store the peanuts.

    BTW, the Seattle P-I may no longer be for this world, and Seattle will be a one-horse town:

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/395362_newspaper09.html

  2. Greg says:

    I like to think of it as a ruthless version of the casting couch as practiced by librarians.

  3. BeloEx says:

    Is Hearst about to aquire Belo? KING in Seattle (Belo broadcast station) broke report yesterday on Seattle P-I (Hearst) closing and is the only one with sources reporting this. Rumors running today among media types in Seattle about how KING is the only outlet to confirm this center around Belo being aquired by Hearst. This would forcing Hearst to shut down (or divest, unlikely in this environment) the P-I due to cross-ownership rules for TV/print properties. Only source for this info would be through Belo. Discuss.

  4. JimS says:

    When I was on the editorial board at the Times-Herald, we voted on all major policy decisions and officeholder endorsements. But the publisher had to vote first. Happily, all of our decisions seemed to be unanimous.

  5. publicnewssense says:

    Why does the DMN have an editorial board? It’s a civic-minded thing: Keeps the Dallas School Board from being the city’s biggest dumbasses and if I am censored the city’s biggest methanebrains.