Kudos to the brilliant souls at the Philadelphia Daily News who dug through the Philadelphia Inquirer’s bankruptcy filing to find that former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum collects $1,750 for each column he writes for the paper. The former senator’s column, “The Elephant In The Room,” runs biweekly.

$3500 a month could pay a lot of citizen journalists, or buy some nice video cameras for the newsroom.
UPDATE: It was so sunny and pleasant last Friday afternoon, we did the math wrong when first posting this item. $3500 a month could pay for the salary of a full-time reporter with ~4 years experience, says Salary.com. (Goodness gracious.)

We are not implying that Mr. Santorum’s frothings are not worth the money, but when the New York Times pays $300 for an opinion piece, you have to wonder if the Inky was getting its money’s worth.