Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com has a lengthy series of posts and interviews on what this means. In short, the move reflects the core pathology of the contemporary news media. A sample of Greenwald:
At the Post, Froomkin stated when government officials were lying; applied skepticism to claims from politicians; believed journalists should do more than mindlessly recite what each side claims; and treated politicians on all sides equally. In a minimally healthy political culture, those would be the bare requirements for being called a "journalist." In the establishment media culture we have, those traits disqualify you from the term and, if they persist, get you fired.
I mention this episode only to encourage all of you who care about the future of Pittsburgh journalism to read, watch, listen, and then ponder the extent to which the region's establishment media meet Greenwald's criteria. For all of the public angst about the economics of print and the survival of the news, we should all care that there is something there to save.