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Are Journalilsts Like Strippers?

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Michael Sokolove's lively article about the decline of Philadelphia's two newspapers was most surprising in its portrayal of Brian Tierney--the p.r. man turned newspaper publisher who, contrary to pretty much everything I'd previously read about him, actually seems to be a force for good. My favorite bit about Tierney from Sokolove's piece:

He has taken his public relations mind-set to newspapering. He says he thinks the industry shares too much bad news about itself “The audience for TV news is tanking, but do you ever hear them talk about that?” and he was an early advocate for the idea that newspapers ought to begin charging for online content, a notion that has recently gained momentum. He can be a loose cannon. Testifying before Congress in April, he attempted a strained metaphor that involved a “dance club” charging high prices for beer but not paying its dancers, or what might be termed the content providers. “Was that example in reference to a gentlemen’s club?” Representative John Conyers asked. “That’s the kind of club I meant, sir,” he responded.

Judging from this recent Massachusetts court decision in a class-action lawsuit brought by strippers against the King Arthur's Lounge, Tierney's metaphor isn't that strained.

--Jason Zengerle

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