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The AP Monster Turns on its Creators 4/10/07

Posted by Steve Boriss in AP, Carroll, Newspapers.

Meet Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor of the Associated Press. She is one of the most powerful women in news, and not just for her obvious influence on news stories. She has dracula-like powers to suck the life blood out of her hosts, the metropolitan daily papers that created and still fund the “non-profit” AP. It wasn’t always like this. When newspapers formed the AP, it was first a way to pool costs. Later, it was a way for papers to keep competitors out of their own markets, until the U.S. Supreme Court found them in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act in 1945. Now, this operation takes stories from its newspapers and distributes them across the Internet — leaving these papers with little to no original content or, for that matter, much reason to exist at all.


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