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Print-only experiment upsets online crowd

Phil Bronstein’s column, critical of Gavin Newsom, appeared briefly on the SFGate.com site and then was pulled.

That prompted bloggers to allege a conspiracy since the Chron has been Newsom’s biggest media supporter for years.

Hours after the column was pulled, Bronstein and his replacement, Chron editor Ward Bushee, said the posting of Bronstein’s column on SFGate.com was a mistake, and that it was only supposed to be in print.

The Chron is testing whether it makes sense to offer infomation in only its print product, forcing those used to online news to pick up a printed newspaper.

Here’s what Bushee had to say:

If those online critics had only picked up a printed copy of Monday’s Chronicle, they would have figured out what was going on.

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