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DECEMBER 29 2007

All the King's Men, Reloaded
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All the King’s Men, Reloaded
by Scott Horton of Harper's

Looking into prosecutorial misconduct in Alabama in the course of
the last year, I’ve had plenty of encounters with the state’s print
media. The major papers in the state (three of which are owned by
the same company, S.I. Newhouse’s Advance Publications—though
the Newhouse family is famous for letting former local owners
continue to run the show even after acquiring them) have the
outward appearance of newspapers, with the requisite supply of
paper, news ink and photographs. But when you look into their
coverage of the Siegelman case, and of local politics generally, you
quickly get the sense that there’s something extremely foul afoot.
They have a very sharply focused political agenda. It not only affects
their call about what is and isn’t news; it creeps right into the
coverage of the news they report.

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