RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company is dropping its print advertising totally, joining Phillip Morris USA. They will now focus on an addiction-based sales strategy. Elsewhere, AOL goes stealthy, staff heads roll at the New York Times, and the Tribune is finally cleared to go private.
Spotlight: The YouTube debate
Last night's CNN/ YouTube Republican debate has Drudge screaming about the fact that CNN allowed a retired general to ask a question without revealing that he is linked to the Hillary Clinton campaign. Salon calls CNN's overall choice of questions “fatuous” and “godawful,” and Slate knocks it as entertaining but uninformative. Not to worry: nobody trusts campaign coverage anyway.
The AP now dominates foreign coverage
Internet radio is threatened by royalty payments.