To Our Readers: Oct. 21, 1996

Disney and ABC. General Electric and NBC. Westinghouse and CBS. Microsoft and MSNBC. Time Warner and Turner. Among the trends in the media world is consolidation, with sprawling corporations' owning news organizations and raising the specter of conflicting interests and a less diverse babble of journalistic voices. The Nation magazine this summer published an octopus-like chart of media conglomerates, noting that the companies themselves would be unlikely to do so. Herewith, we do so, detailing that of our parent company.

What does this mean for the journalism you get? We believe this question arises whether a news organization is owned by...

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