Yesterday, The San Francisco Chronicle pulled a politically controversial opinions column written by the Chronicle’s former editor, Phil Bronstein, according to BayNewser. This wasn’t a case of censorship, said the paper’s editor, but instead a decision to offer premium content on their online site, SFGate, to subscribers.
But the decision to feature opinions pieces online for a fee seems to jeopardize not only journalistic integrity, but also print. International, national, local news, reviews, features — all are free. But when commentary, what one could argue is the cornerstone of online media, is only available to those willing to pay for the web? Well, there’s probably a blog for that.