Now this is bad, but not for the reason you may think. This is not a rah-rah newspapers post, even though I am a retired newspaperman (albeit forced). Most of today's papers are crap and I heartedly endorse their euthanasia. Let me insert obligatory Jefferson quotation from 1787:
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.Sadly, we have a central government without independent newspapers. Not a single one of the majors has the intestinal fortitude to stand up to Hillary Clinton, who co-opted their reporters. Indeed, the newspaper owners and executives have invested millions in her election.
Newspapers push the global warming nonsense, which is a cover for pouring billions into the pockets of billionaires including Elon Musk, George P. Kaiser (Solyndra), and T. Boone Pickens. The reporters pushing this are smug idiots. These social justice warriors with a J-degree naively bloviate against the Big Oil companies, while unwittingly providing cover for real crooks to empty the treasury.
Then there is Black Lives Matter, which provides cover for the black nationalists and black supremacists who want to take over cities (Baltimore), large chunks of cities (Chicago), and any predominately black suburb (Ferguson) by reducing the police presence. Newspapers side with black radicals because the only staff members who live in poor neighborhoods work with a mop or a broom. The knowledge newspapers have of poor neighborhoods come from radical activists, not the people working to escape.
But as bad as newspapers are -- oh hell, they deserve to die.
However, what replaces them is worse. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the rest are run by social justice warriors who push an agenda so radical they consider Obama to be a conservative. Their animus toward conservatives has turned the Internet into Pravda on steroids feeding a young generation with a steady diet of disinformation and misinformation.
The non-advertising money going to Amazon also feeds the Government Party (Democratic, Republican, what difference does it make at this time?). The result is horrifying, Orwellian, and Kafkaesque.
Sure, there are a few successful conservative outlets, but their traffic pales compared to Daily Kos and others. The Internet is as liberal as the newspapers when it comes to politics.
It is against this background that I offer this from the Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers are suffering an accelerating drop in print advertising, a market that already was under stress, forcing some publishers to consider significant cost cuts and dramatic changes to their print and digital products.
Global spending on newspaper print ads is expected to decline 8.7% to $52.6 billion in 2016, according to estimates from GroupM, the ad-buying firm owned by WPP PLC. That would be the biggest drop since the recession, when world-wide spending plummeted 13.7% in 2009.
That decline is hitting every major publisher, increasing pressure on them to boost digital-revenue streams even faster to make up for lost revenue and, in some cases, even reconsider the format of their print products and the types of content they publish.
Many newspapers have trimmed costs to cope with the worse-than-expected revenue decline. The New York Times Co. and Wall Street Journal-owner News Corp, likely have further head-count reductions on the way, and the Guardian and the U.K.’s Daily Mail recently eliminated jobs. Analysts such as Jefferies & Co. have pared back their third-quarter estimates for publishers including the Times and Gannett Co.
“We operate in a time of rapidly changing market conditions, especially in the world of print advertising,” Gerard Baker, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, wrote Wednesday in a memo to employees. “These are days of accelerating change in the newspaper business.”This story's appearance may be to blunt the news of the Baker memo.
Staff cuts mean the conservatives go first. I am guessing they are happy to leave because this is not the business it once was.
But what follows is worse. One-third of ad revenues -- a sum of $125 billion a year -- goes to Google and other online giants. That money then feeds the liberal machine.
I know not the answer.
All I can do is vote Trump and hope for the best.
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