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The Newsprint Goliaths

Metropolitan newspapers are down but not out in their bout with superstar capitalism

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The off-lead story in The New York Times last Sunday, illustrated by a fraying American flag, was one of a series: “Democracy Challenged: twin threats to government ideals put America in uncharted territory.” Senior writer David Leonhardt identified two distinct perils: a movement in one major party to refuse to accept election defeat; and a Supreme Court at odds with public opinion. Leonhardt’s argument was well reasoned and deftly written, enough to fill four pages after the jump To my mind, though, the Times is overlooking a problem even more fundamental to the conduct of American democracy:  the concentration of