'Times' nixes DC dinner participation

Christopher Hitchens, MSNBC, and the Free Flow of Information Act

Christopher Hitchens, MSNBC, and the Free Flow of Information Act

Ups

Several Tribune Company execs, including CEO Dennis FitzSimons, forgo cash bonuses, citing financial woes and shrinking staffs

The New York Times announces it will no longer participate in traditional DC dinners in which reporters mix, mingle, and schmooze with sources they cover

The Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, which would create a federal shield law for reporters, is introduced in Congress

Downs

Overall US newspaper circulation declines in spring reports, marking the fifth consecutive reporting period of decline. Metro papers in Dallas and San Diego are hit hard

MSNBC angers many prominent bloggers by not allowing video footage from the first presidential debate to be disseminated across the Internet

Christopher Hitchens, analyst of all things media, declares the Virginia Tech shootings to be a "non-story"

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