Looking for evidence that publisher N. Christian Anderson III has utterly demolished the wall between news and opinion at the Oregonian? Check out this tidbit from political reporter Harry Esteve’s online political news roundup from earlier today:
The other theme surfacing today could be described as Republican soul-searching, as the party looks for a way to make inroads against an increasingly entrenched Democratic machine in Oregon. A Ringo Starr refrain comes to mind: “It don’t come easy.” (emphasis added)
While we know that Anderson and his handpicked editorial page editor, Erik Lukens, operate as strategists for the Republican party, Esteve is a political reporter. So how in the world could a phrase like “an increasingly entrenched Democratic machine” make it into his online post?
Expect this kind of thing to ramp up. Following the mass layoffs that were announced at the Oregonian just a few weeks ago, the few survivors will surely be under increasing pressure to toe Anderson’s party line.