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Slippery Business by Murdoch Company; No Surprise

NY Times: Dow Jones Drops CNBC Ads From Web Sites in Favor of Fox Links. On the day they had contracted to run advertisements placed by CNBC, two Web sites owned by Dow Jones & Company instead ran ads for that cable business channel’s new competitor, the Fox Business Network. Both MarketWatch and The Wall Street Journal’s Web site,, filled up the exact spaces CNBC had purchased with rotating ads that included some for Fox Business Network. These were accompanied by links to, the Web site of the Fox Business Network. The ads for Fox started running soon after midnight.

It’s just business, right? Maybe, but it suggests the ethical standards of the parent company.

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