Thursday, May 11, 2006

E&P: A bad week to be Phil Bronstein

Joe Strupp of Editor & Publisher Magazine writes: "Could this past week have been any stranger for San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein[pictured]? First, two of his reporters were subpoenaed last Friday to testify before a grand jury investigating how they were leaked secret testimony in the ongoing BALCO steroid scandal. Next, San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds -- the subject of the paper's subpoena-prompting steroid coverage -- is about to surpass Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list, and the historic dinger will likely take place just blocks south of the Chronicle's offices. ... Finally, on Monday, the semi-annual FAS-FAX circulation report revealed the Chronicle's circulation had dropped about 15%, the most among major U.S. papers." Bronstein's response: "When has there not been a multiplicity of crises here?"

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