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"Deconsolidation?"

Now there's a word you seldom hear coming from the executive offices of Big Media. But according to The New York Times, it was the word used by Joseph G. NeCastro, the chief financial officer for Scripps Howard (parent company of The Commercial Appeal) as he discussed the fate of Scripps' newspaper division. Citing ever-declining readership and nervous investors, NeCastro was quoted as saying that "the most advantageous route is to separate the newspaper business in some fashion."

NeCastro's comments have prompted speculation that the company will either split its cable and newspaper divisions into two separate media companies operated by the Scripps family trust or put its print properties on the auction block.

The Scripps story broke as 3,500 liberal Moonbats descended on downtown Memphis for the National Conference for Media Reform to moan about how journalism in America has suffered in service to Wall Street.

In related news, The New York Times Company recently reached an agreement to sell WREG Channel 3 to a bastion of journalistic integrity, Oak Hill Capital Partners, a New York-based equity firm.

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