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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Virtue signaling in Dallas

Howard Stern once said of ratings that he always felt bad when his dropped because he had made the job that much harder for the ad salesmen.

I wonder if the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News feels any shame over the albatross it tied around the necks of its advertising and circulation departments by endorsing Hillary -- reversing seventy-five years of credibility as a voice of conservatives.

But knowing the ego of writers (I live inside one, after all) they likely enjoy their moment of infamy. They wear their canceled subscriptions like a badge of honor.

However, the kid who delivers papers wears it like a ding in the wallet. He just lost customers.

His district manager wears it as a loss of carriers. They quit because they don't have as many customers to make their route worth their time.

The city desk wears it as the loss of a reporter's slot. Revenues are down.

The ad salesman wears it as a loss in commissions. The newspaper will have to offer more discounts.

And of course, the circulation department manager wears it like a stab in the back.

Which it was. You are selling a conservative newspaper. Suddenly, the newspaper endorses as big a liberal as Obama. Usually some thought goes in before you radically change your product like this.

Newspapers employ a lot of people. The people on the editorial board thought only of themselves.

The editorial drew pushback from many readers in Texas, a Republican-dominated state that hasn't voted for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976. A sampling of the comments underneath the endorsement (more than 3,500) gives some idea of the magnitude of the criticism. Many readers vowed to unsubscribe, although some praised the newspaper for taking a stand for what it called the only "serious candidate on the presidential ballot."
But it also paid financially for its decision to endorse Clinton. Although he declined to say how many readers cancelled their subscriptions, Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson acknowledged the endorsement came with a price tag.
"Certainly we've paid a price for our presidential recommendation, but then, we write our editorials based on principle, and sometimes principle comes at a cost," Wilson said in an email to Poynter. "I've had a lot of conversations with readers lately, and I respect their views and their right to disagree with us. The most important thing to us is that they vote, even if it's not for our favorite candidate, because democracy doesn't work if people don't vote."
That's a sentiment Wilson expressed to protesters in person when they gathered outside The Dallas Morning News to complain about the newspaper's decision.
What's the principle? To undercut 75 years of editorials and endorsements? Does this mean its conservative editorials were all a dream, like Bobby Ewing emerging from a shower? Does this mean that the newspaper's criticisms of President Obama stemmed not from ideology but rather his melanin level?

The darned thing is many of these non-editorial employees affected by this bad decision would never vote for her. They may have joined the newspaper because they supported the newspaper's editorial position. Now the editorial board has made the newspaper a laughingstock. 

At any rate, the people not on the editorial board pay the price even though they had no say in abandoning long-held beliefs in the name of "principle."

This endorsement of Hillary was ego-tripping that hurt hundreds of newspaper employees.

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11 comments:

  1. They shot themselves in the feet that held up the paper. The feet will suffer while the "brain" ignores the pain.

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  2. Stupid is as Lefty does.

    Someone said that.

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  3. Sounds like the NFL to me. Great product, lots of followers, and then a few Commie dummies blow it up.

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  4. I was in the Newspaper business since I was
    18-Circulation Dept. of an Eastern Oregon newspaper.
    About three years ago I quit the Circulation Dept.
    Job I had because they decided to go "contractor"
    rather than employee so to cut costs after they
    went whole hog liberal and cut publishing days to
    three days a week. Now they are in trouble.
    What in the Liberal/GOPe mind causes this cognitive dissonance?
    One act was to fire the Editor for complaining
    about the three day a week publishing schedule.
    He found out that the owners did not care..
    sound familiar, Don?
    TG

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    1. My situation was different. I was fired for cause.
      However, that does not mitigate the damage editorial ego did to a business. Ten years earlier the Gazette paid $57 million to buy and fold the Daily Mail, tossing away 25,000 subscribers and then F-ed that up, and were stuck for ten years with a weak daily after the Gazette canceled half the Daily Mail's subscriptions. Yes, they called subscribers and told them they would not deliver to them Andthen tried to sell them the Gazette.
      The pain outside the newsroom was real. Gazette owners never apologized to the employees this ego trip cost them. And that $57 million loan meant employee time after 2008 did not count toward their pensions. And it stopped paying the government to guarantee those pensions. And the government placed a lien on the Gazette and its building -- what a catastrophe.

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    2. I'm pretty sure the cause was you telling us what fools they were in your blog at the time. Proved your point, they did.

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  5. "Progressivism" in general, like Hillary in particular, destroy everything they touch. It is an all consuming corruption of reason...aka madness.

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  6. Well, you have to consider that the "Editorial Board" are so stupid that they think someone is "The only serious candidate" who has sold out the Nation to foreign enemies now, and back when this nefarious pair was in the White House (North Korean nukes, Chinese rocket technology).

    And - I've been meaning to ask: Isn't the office of the Presidency limited to TWO Terms?

    These criminals were very proud of their "Co-Presidency" once and certainly should not be allowed another term (or 2) as "Co-Presidents".

    After that I suppose they'll try to run their brat, Chelsea.

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  7. Well, you have to consider that the "Editorial Board" are so stupid that they think someone is "The only serious candidate" who has sold out the Nation to foreign enemies now, and back when this nefarious pair was in the White House (North Korean nukes, Chinese rocket technology).

    And - I've been meaning to ask: Isn't the office of the Presidency limited to TWO Terms?

    These criminals were very proud of their "Co-Presidency" once and certainly should not be allowed another term (or 2) as "Co-Presidents".

    After that I suppose they'll try to run their brat, Chelsea.

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    1. I hear that there was a move during the Co-Presidency years to put Hillary on a postage stamp.

      That is, until someone asked the question, "Would YOU want to lick the back of her head?"

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  8. The Dallas Morning News is conservative compared to Pravda. Maybe.

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