August 22, 2017 Last Updated 8:57 am

The Globe and Mail to end print distribution in Atlantic provinces effective Nov. 30; Legal journal’s disclosure problem

Morning Brief: Treasury Secretary and actress wife assume new role as administration’s Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette after fashion label promoting Instagram post

The issue of conflict of interest is always a tough one for any journal looking for contributions. Here at TNM, the site has been lucky to have had over 120 different contributors just in the past couple of years. Many of the articles, most probably, are written by authors motivated by the desire to promote their businesses — they do so by sharing their expertise, information, and analysis with readers. But it is a fine line between a column that informational and one that is strictly promotional. I routinely reject columns for this reason.

What every editor hopes is that the author is not failing to disclose something that might alter one’s perspective about the column.

NY Post, Josh Kosman:

Law journal didn’t disclose conflict in football concussion article

This legal journal just took a nasty knock on the head…

…Wilson Elser partner Anthony Corleto’s Aug. 16 article “0.44 percent of NFL Brains” — which argues that shocking concussion stats recently cited by the Journal of the American Medical Association were drawn from a limited and biased sampling of cases — also failed to mention that Corleto’s law firm is defending the Pop Warner league against negligence charges in a Los Angeles federal court.

After being contacted by The Post about the missing disclosure late last week, the National Law Review has since added one, noting Corleto “serves as general counsel for Pop Warner football. He defends concussion litigation.”

The thing about moving from an ad based model to a reader revenue based model is that many of the things one did using one model are no longer valid when you’ve switched to the other. For instance, in an ad model, losing money on circulation is not seen as fatal — the ol’ you have to spend money to make money idea. That is why circulation departments will discount subscriptions of, say, a 3 million circ magazine so deeply — maintaining that rate base is vital to the ad team.

Globe and MailBut when the ad model is tossed aside then things change in many ways. This is why a number of newspapers have decided to stop home delivery of the paper seven days a week, they simply cannot afford to lose money on circulation if the goal is a profitable circulation department.

This week we learned that The Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s leading dailies, will stop distributing in the Atlantic provinces. The reason, obviously, is that the costs to do so are far more than the revenue attained, either through readers or national advertisers.

Canada presents publishers of national publications with a unique challenge: Canada is a large country that is sparsely populated outside the major cities. So, The Globe and Mail’s circulation of 338,970 Monday-Friday may be high by Canadian standards, but is hard to justify continuing print distribution in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick when only 15,000 or so copies are being paid for.

CBC News, Jon Tattrie:

Stop the presses: Globe and Mail ends print edition in Maritimes

The Globe and Mail will stop delivering its print edition to the Maritimes, the newspaper said Monday.

Phillip Crawley, the publisher and CEO, said it followed the decision made in 2013 to stop printing in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“In keeping with the same policy, we have watched print subscriber numbers declining in the Maritimes over the last few years as we’ve seen digital subscriptions increase,” he told CBC News in a phone interview.

“It gets to the point where it makes no sense to keep on subsidizing print delivery to that degree, where it’s costing us $1 million a year to do that, and that’s where it’s now at with the Maritimes.”

Donald Trump’s election may have been all about race, but his administration is all about class — who will benefit from government, and who will not. That is why the president had no issue with going back on one of his big campaign promises — to drain the swamp. Instead, he has filled his administration with Goldman Sachs veterans, and those who represent business interests rather than consumer.

Louise LintonTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is a perfect example. Mnuchin worked for investment bank Goldman Sachs for 17 years before leaving and buying the failed residential lender IndyMac. This weekend he was asked by his Yale classmates to resign after the president failed to condemn racists groups responsible for the violence in Charlottesville.

“We call upon you, as our friend, our classmate, and as a fellow American, to resign in protest of President Trump’s support of Nazism and white supremacy. We know you are better than this, and we are counting on you to do the right thing,” the letter from members of the Yale College Class of 1985 read.

Mnuchin responded by dismissing the whole premise of the letter. Mnuchin, many believe, wants to be the head of the Federal Reserve, and is going nowhere.

Yesterday, his wife, actress Louise Linton was in the news.

HuffPost, Yashar Ali:

Steve Mnuchin’s Wife Has A ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ Moment On Instagram

Actress Louise Linton, who married Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in June, posted and then deleted a photo of her and her husband as they walked off an Air Force jet Monday that was akin to a fashion shoot tagging the designers she was wearing.

After facing criticism from an Instagram user, Linton, who is married to the man who is fifth in the presidential line of succession, responded to the user with a long comment filled with classist attacks. Linton has now taken her Instagram account private, not allowing Instagram users who don’t already follow her to see her account.

The Washington Post, Damian Paletta:

Treasury secretary’s wife boasts of travel on government plane, touts Hermes and Valentino fashion

…“Did you think this was a personal trip?!” Linton wrote on her Instagram page, responding to the person who had written “glad we could pay for your little getaway.”

Linton continued in her response to the critic: “Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours.”

…The bizarre exchange came the day Mnuchin flew to Louisville to try to make the case for Congress to overhaul the tax code. He particularly stressed how the tax changes would help middle-class Americans, although Democrats have alleged the Trump administration wants to pass large tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and multinational corporations.

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