‘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?