AOLTW: Selling off the problem child

Steve Case tells the press he might be in favor of spinning off the AOL unit. In a NY Times piece today, David Kirkpatrick discusses Case’s position and motives at length, concluding it is impossible to tell whether Case’s ideas still have any influence.
I’ve wondered all along if all the reorgs and layoffs at AOL were not destined to make the unit shipshape, neat and tidy for sale. There is no way to know, but I suspect there are people at Time Inc and CNN and Warner Bros who think the stock price mght go up if AOL wasn’t part of the mix. On the other hand, the company is profitable, so, dunno.