For Ricker, for Poorer

The Philadelphia Inquirer—the newspaper whose owners are bankrupt and whose staff has endured wide layoffs and whose remaining staff members have foregone raises—has been paying Rick Santorum $1,750 for each column the former senator writes for the paper, according to documents the Inquirer filed to…the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Indeed. Soak in the irony. As Editor & Publisher points out, the per-column fee—Santorum writes two a month for the Inquirer—earns the ousted legislator “over $45,000 for the year.”

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.