Although I make my living as a newspaper commentator, I still find it depressing that The Guardian’s reaction to its current financial difficulties (that’s putting it mildly) is likely to be be reduce the amount of news in the paper – and to increase the amount of comment. The rationale is that their readers get their breaking news from other sources, and that they look to the newspaper for comment and context. But I wonder whether there isn’t another unspoken rationale. Producing news is expensive; producing comment is cheap.
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