This Week in the News

Posted: May 30, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received in the past week:

Friday, May 23, National Post

Wanna Buy a Ball Club?

“Wanna buy a ball club? Get your sports franchises—cheap. Corporate America is heading for the bunkers once again, bailing out on the clubs they own as quickly as companies once clamored to get on board. ‘The image benefits related to the costs of owning a sports team are just not favorable any more,’ said Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘Years ago, corporations bought in because they didn’t need the money and they got publicity. But now, their stock values are way down and most teams do not make a profit so it becomes too expensive to hold on to.'”

Saturday, May 24, the Washington Post

N.Y. Times Suspends Reporter

“The issue of datelines and the use of stringers is part of a sweeping examination of Times practices by a committee formed in the wake of the Blair embarrassment. In a memo, Assistant Managing Editor Allan Siegal, who runs the committee, said its members would ‘analyze the Blair episode itself’ and ‘determine when, where, how and why our newsroom’s culture, organizational processes and actions led to a failure of our journalism.’ While such committee recommendations often gather dust, the Siegal group’s findings will likely receive widespread attention because of the intensity of the Blair scandal. The panel includes three outside members: Louis Boccardi, the outgoing CEO of the Associated Press, George Mason University professor Roger Wilkins and former Washington Post ombudsman Joann Byrd, now editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.”

Tuesday, May 27, the Boston Globe

Taking a Pass on Microsoft

“The Bush administration won’t weigh in on the appeal by two states seeking tougher restrictions on Microsoft Corp. than the software giant negotiated to settle the government’s landmark antitrust case. ‘I am a little surprised the government didn’t come in and say the states are not entitled to get more,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, who teaches antitrust law at George Mason University law school in Arlington, Va. ‘If I settled the case, I would want to defend it. This is an action that may raise questions.'”

Wednesday, May 28, the Christian Science Monitor

Next up after taxes: Medicare, the economy

“Unlike the tax cut fight, when the public by and large sat on the sidelines as lawmakers engaged in a relatively abstract debate over how best to improve the economy, voters may have strong opinions about the issue. ‘With things like prescription drugs and Medicare, there’s a constituency out there that can see very directly how it affects them,’ says James Pfiffner, a public policy professor at George Mason University.

Thursday, May 29, the Christian Science Monitor

Redistricting: the wars get more frequent

“‘It undermines legitimacy when representatives are selecting voters rather than voters selecting representatives,’ says Michael McDonald, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and an expert on redistricting. ‘What they’re doing is taking once-competitive districts and producing undemocratic outcomes. I would hope both parties would leave well enough alone.'”

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