October 26, 2005

It was not so very long ago that Pravda used to be regularly mocked for being an uncritical instrument of the Soviet government. When New Jersey's Visions Metro Weekly, more commonly publicised as the Newark Weekly News, sold its voice to the Newark city council for 100,000 USD, it becomes a legitimate expression of free enterprise. After all, the transaction was a choice made within full free will, and money did change hands ... never mind that the end result is the same.

Then again, if the free and open speech media had labelled Visions Metro Weekly a tabloid and mentioned that its purpose for existence had never been investigative muckracking, that its closest (and perhaps only) relation to what is commonly understood as a newspaper has always been its appearance: the story might have gone unseen altogether.

The contract expires in one year.

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