Good news on the media front

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sat Feb 15 18:11:51 MST 2003

Intolerance on the left
Michael Lerner, liberal rabbi and harsh critic of Ariel Sharon, finds 
himself blacklisted by ANSWER, the group co-sponsoring Sunday's big antiwar 
rally in San Francisco.

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By Michelle Goldberg,

Feb. 12, 2003  |  Even as other members of the democratic left have 
denounced the hardcore Maoists and Stalinists behind much recent antiwar 
organizing, Michael Lerner, the dovish San Francisco rabbi and editor of 
the liberal Jewish magazine Tikkun, has defended the role of sectarians in 
the movement. When members of his congregation complained about the 
stridently anti-Israel rhetoric at demonstrations sponsored by ANSWER, a 
front group for the Workers World party, he urged them to turn out anyway, 
and Tikkun sent busloads of people to both Washington and San Francisco. He 
co-signed a letter to Salon criticizing Salon's criticism of ANSWER and Not 
In Our Name, which is connected to the Revolutionary Communist Party.


Web Magazine Facing Failure

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14 (AP) — The Salon Media Group, the online magazine 
publisher, warned today that it might not survive beyond this month if it 
cannot raise more money to pay its rent and other bills.

The company, based in San Francisco, painted a grim financial picture in a 
quarterly report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Things are so bad, Salon said, that it stopped paying the rent for its 
headquarters in December, prompting the landlord to issue a demand last 
month for a $200,000 payment.

The warning was the latest in a series of dire projections made by Salon. 
The company warned late last year that it might go out of business but then 
raised enough money to stay alive temporarily. Salon's troubles caused its 
stock to be delisted from the Nasdaq market in November.

Although its news coverage and commentary have attracted a loyal audience, 
Salon has not been able to make money. The company said it lost $1.2 
million during the final three months of 2002, bringing its cumulative 
deficit to $81 million.

Unable to drum up enough advertising to pay the bills, Salon started 
charging subscriptions to read some of its stories in 2001. The company 
began charging fees for all its content late last month as part of its 
last-ditch survival effort. As of Dec. 31, Salon's site had 47,300 subscribers.

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