In the blue corner, we have Venture Capitalist — and former newspaper editor — Alan Mutter showing us that newspapers have lost 42% of their market value ($23 billion) since 2004, most of that coming last year.

In the red corner, we have reporters and photographers at the Seattle Times Company-owned Central Maine Morning Sentinel “not allowing the newspaper to print their names above articles or in photo captions, hoping to draw attention to the fact that they have not agreed on a contract since the expiration of the previous one in January 2006, and have not received raises since January 2005.”

With respect to the employees in Maine, I suggest they pick another opponent (or give me some of what they’re smoking).

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