“Checkbook Journalism”

Julie Moos reports on “checkbook journalism”:


When Ann Coulter congratulated ABC News for its reporting on the Anthony Weiner story, her high praise was this: “You guys own the Weiner story.” She may not have meant it literally, but she could have. ABC owned the story of Meagan Broussard’s sextual exchanges with the New York congressman because the network bought it, in the form of a “licensing fee.”

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