Beginning September 9, your copy of the Inquirer will be slightly lighter—by about half of the opinion section, should newsroom sources to City Paper be believed.
The paper, which already eliminated its Saturday opinion section last month, will remove a page from its daily opinion section as a remedy to a perceived “bias” its readers said they see developing. Because, you know, that’s where bias in a newspaper comes from. Not, say, the owners or something like that. Right, George?
One newsroom source told City Paper that the Inky’s owners actually wanted to cut the opinion section entirely, with the official deal serving as a compromise between co-owners Lewis Katz, Gerry Lenfest and George Norcross. Meanwhile, Philly.com continues to develop as a direct challenger to the Inky and Daily News under Lexie Norcross’ direction, and its comment sections continue to fester.
The Inquirer‘s parent company, Interstate General Media, has not yet issued a comment on the opinion’s section reduction. But, then, they wouldn’t want to appear biased. [City Paper]