Today’s front-page claim "Tribune, D-News bosses: The Trib not at risk" appears to be at sharp departure from the facts represented within Tribune content. In a "Note to readers" appearing beside the middle (Rich Lowry, as it happens) editorial on A11 is a shocking declaration that the "Salt Lake Tribune has discontinued its New York Times News Service, and with it the New York Times columnists who have appeared on the op-ed page."
This apparently means that Krugman, Dowd, Nick Kristof, and the few other Times columnists who have specifically balanced the editorial backwardness of the Utah papers — both of them — will not be available, to the immense loss of the Tribune, its readership, and that of the Deseret News.
While it is true that Washington Post, Bloomberg News and "other syndicated writers," as well as the occasional Utah-based thinker, may "foster dialogue and stimulate debate," this cheapening of local sources reminds us more of the KCPW sell-off than of anything appropriate to our editorial pages. Diverting our resources to the Times itself and to the Internet seems our more appropriate response to this supremely unappealing move by the editorial board.
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