May There Always Be News Wars

Elizabeth Williamson had a good piece in the Wall Street Journal Friday about the newspaper war on Martha's Vineyard between the fabled Gazette and the townie's TImes.

Twenty-five years ago, Deirdre and I went to the Vineyard to interview the Gazette's Henry Beetle Hough, one of my heroes. There was another weekly newspaper competing with it at the time, and the Times was about to be launched. I covered the newspaper  "war" in a sidebar.  

As I wrote in a comment to Williamson's story, "We can only hope that someone will be writing about the conflict between at least two sources of news on the island — indeed, anywhere — 25 years from now."

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