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Newspaper Suicide: The Star Tribune Kills Lileks’ Column (Bumped)

Monday, May 7, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

(We’re going to leave this up top today, but keep scrolling for some fresh stuff down below.)

UPDATE: Transterrestial Musings and Instapundit have more. Do you think the editors have noticed that Lileks has a readership across the internet that dwarfs any other byline at the paper? American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson chimes in.

And TruthLaidBear is charting blogosphere reaction. Some lefties are jubilant.

But Dave Barry is not:

James Lileks, a terrific writer and one of the best newspaper columnists in America, says on his blog today that his newspaper, the Minneapolis-St.Paul Star-Tribune, has decided to kill his column and have him write straight local news stories. This is like the Miami Heat deciding to relieve Dwyane Wade of his basketball-playing obligations so he can keep stats.

Sometimes I don’t understand the newspaper business. What’s left of it.

(Emphasis added, so the blind at the Strib don’t miss it.)  As the old Irish saying goes: When everybody says you’re drunk, you’d better sit down.

Bob Krumm adds:

Lileks is exactly the sort of person a newspaper needs to thrive in the digital age. I honestly can’t think of another journalist

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