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‘No Ink Is Good Ink’ at Cablevision

April 11, 2008 1:10 PM

If various published reports are true, the editors and reporters at Tribune-owned Newsday have to be leaping for joy, hearing today that Cablevision Systems Inc., the multiple-system cable provider in its own back yard, is not interested in acquiring the newspaper.

Newsday business and sports reporters have long had their tussles covering this highly guarded MSO. Indeed, any reporter having to cover Cablevision is very used to the typical “no comment” response even to the most benign questions.

All found that cold-shoulder response strange, given that Cablevision long ago launched its very popular local “News Channel 12,” and should know about the give-and-take involved in running a newsgathering organization.

I knew a fellow journalist who briefly took a job in the communications department at Cablevision. He said it was like wearing handcuffs and that the company’s philosophy was “no ink is good ink.” He left and ran back to the not-so-lucrative world of journalism.

Why is it that television newsgathering organizations are so tight-lipped when the tables are turned and they have to answer rather than ask the questions?

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Comments (4)

Chi-town Mike:

"I knew a fellow journalist who briefly took a job in the communications department at Cablevision. He said it was like wearing handcuffs and that the company’s philosophy was “no ink is good ink.” He left and ran back to the not-so-lucrative world of journalism."


You have to love the irony of that entire statement.


I have more input, but my lawyer is requesting that even I shouldn't comment any further... :)

Jeff Mulligan:

Marianne --

The sad truth is that the big media won't willingly accept the scrutiny they claim they have the right to impose on society in the name of free speech and the citizenry. If the big media, cable news especially, had to answer at all times for the flabby drivel they generally serve up, they'd either clean up their act or just sell infomercial time. Frequently, the infomercials are better programming.

Jeff

Marianne Paskowski:

Chi,

Guess my friend wasn't cut out for corporate America, he said all they had be do was read press clips to see what the media was saying about the company.

Marianne

Marianne Paskowski:

Jeff,

Your spot on here. Obviously they don't think that sunshine is the best disinfectant.

Happy Weekend,
Marianne

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