Sunday, October 19, 2008

AP vs. Politico

NEW YORK Since the Associated Press announced its controversial rate change last year, many newspapers have started considering other content options. And things are not likely to calm down any time soon.

A handful of dailies — including several who admit their AP rates actually fell — have given notice to drop the service, editors in several states are forging content-sharing alliances, and Politico and PA SportsTicker are quickly positioning themselves to help replace the 160-year-old news cooperative in daily news pages.

According to Jim VandeHei, Politico's executive editor:

If enough papers seek to drop AP altogether, Politico could serve as an even more viable alternative, at least in part..."We think we have a pretty distinctive voice."

Well, if this story about Biden's medical records is any indication of Politico's distinctive voice, we're in for a rough, not to mention inaccurate, ride.

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