The Press: Showdown in New York

The scope and quality of New York Times coverage give the impression that the paper is more of a public-service institution than a mercantile enterprise. But Times executives have been forcefully reminded that they are running a business by recurrent evidence that business is not as good as it used to be. Now, on top of the cost pressures that beset many metropolitan dailies, the Times and the other New York City papers face crucial negotiations with 13 unions whose contracts expire March 30. A strike of any duration could be cruelly damaging....

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