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WSJ Independence Politburo Endorses New Editor

The New York Observer reports that the Wall Street Journal’s “Independence Committee unanimously approves” of the naming of Robert Thomson, Wall Street Journal publisher, as the paper’s managing editor position and Dow Jones editor-in-chief.

Gosh, what a surprise. Rupert Murdoch decides, they approve.

Do these folks — Susan Phillips, dean of the business school at George Washington University; Tom Bray, former editorial page editor of the Detroit News; Louis Boccardi, who ran the Associated Press; Jack Fuller, former editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune; Nicholas Negroponte, the MIT computer guru — realize how their service in this role corrodes their reputations and legacies?

Perhaps their annual pay of $100,000 a year makes it easier to serve as rubber stamps and doormats.

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