I've always been impressed with New Times. In decades past, the reporters didn't engage in corporate group think, so they actually broke some interesting stories. Later, the paper's anti-establishment views occasionally put it at odds with the Napolitano Administration which was at least somewhat interesting. Now the paper simply resorts to name calling...stories about Governor Brewer refer to her as "GED Jan" and a "hag". The current issue is a full blown McCain smack down.
New Times is also impressive because it seems to actually make money. Sure, most of it is from car alarms and plastic surgeons, but their money spends too. Then there's the "legitimate" corporate ads. Cox Communications for example sponsors an ad on the cover of the paper that makes it look like it's sponsoring the whole paper.
This is what I describe as "Legacy Advertising"--corporate auto pilot from the days before New Times' latest name calling iteration. No one in Sandy Springs, Georgia has made the connection that John McCain is the most influential Senator with regard to the Cable industry, and that New Times is the biggest thorn in McCain's side...and that Cox Communications sponsors New Times. I would have thought that someone at the local level would have figured that out...but I guess not. I'm sure it's not going to be a problem...McCain is a calm guy with a short memory, so I'm sure it will all work out.