In what may be seen as a major threat to journalistic integrity everywhere, the Los Angeles Times has begun to insert paid advertising links within the content of its articles.

In what may be seen as a major threat to journalistic integrity everywhere, the Los Angeles Times has begun to insert paid advertising links within the content of its articles.

As the New York Times Media Decoder reports:

“We will begin adding e-commerce links in some articles and blog posts today as part of a pilot program,” Times editors wrote in an internal memorandum obtained by the blog LA Observed, which posted a copy of the memo. The links will appear with double underlines and in green, versus the blue that marks links chosen by the editorial staff. “These post-publication links to sites such as Amazon and TicketNetwork will serve as both a reader service and a revenue opportunity for the company,” Russ Stanton, The Times’s editor, and Sean Gallagher, managing editor for online, wrote in the memo.”

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