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Friday, August 10, 2018

Jurassic journalists collude against Trump

Bob Salsberg of the Associated Press wrote, "Newspaper calls for war of words against Trump media attacks."

The story sucked, but a fellow named Steve left a dead-on comment: "How is that different from now?"

Indeed, 243 newspapers endorsed Hillary; only 20 endorsed President Donald John Trump.

Not only does this show a slavish conformity to political correctness, but it also shows the impotence of an industry founded on a 19th century technology called "line casting."

The base of President Trump's support are older, middle-class Americans who by virtue of their age are less likely to have graduated from college.

Guess what? That is also the base of newspaper subscribers.

Given the choice between President Trump and a newspaper they have purchased for decades, newspaper subscribers in 30 states overwhelmingly chose President Trump.

Rather than adjust their thinking, newspapers are doubling down on the stupid. This is group think at its worst.

The AP reported, "A Boston newspaper is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S. to President Donald Trump's frequent attacks on the news media.

"'We are not the enemy of the people,' said Marjorie Pritchard, a deputy managing editor of the Boston Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term Fake News often when describing the media."

Fact check: LIE. President Trump called Fake News the enemy of the people, which echoed a similar denunciation that Obama made in Berlin a week after the 2016 election.

The story continued, "The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a 'dirty war against the free press.'"

I am sure this will play well in most of the 20 states that went with Hillary just because she is a woman. As a marketing strategy, this helps the Boston broadsheet because its state is a crooked Democratic stronghold.

But if you are trying to remain a financially viable industry, you would not collude like this and alienate your subscribers by attacking a man who remains very popular among his base, which also happens to be the base of newspaper subscribers.

Consider the local paper, the struggling Charleston Gazette-Mail. Management has cut and cut its staff, and likely will again.

It has two editorial pages, one liberal and one conservative. Neither endorsed President Trump. The message to Trump supporters is clear.

West Virginia is the Trumpiest state in the union. No newspaper in the state endorsed him.

Continuing to oppose President Trump because you want to impress liberals is economic suicide.

But this is the hill the dinosaur newspaper industry has chosen to die on.

The AP reported, "As of Friday, Pritchard, who oversees the Globe's editorial page, said about 70 outlets had committed to editorials so far, with the list expected to grow. The publications ranged from large metropolitan dailies, such as the Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald and Denver Post, to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.

"The newspaper's request was being promoted by industry groups such as the American Society of News Editors and regional groups like the New England Newspaper and Press Association. It suggested editorial boards take a common stand against Trump's words regardless of their politics, or whether they generally editorialized in support of or in opposition to the president's policies."

Did they learn nothing from the Against Trump issue of the National Review?

What good is a newspaper if no one reads it?

And why read a newspaper that is part of a confederation of fools that will never admit they were wrong about President Trump?

Never bet against Donald John Trump.

But these dingbats are doubling down.

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25 comments:

  1. Let them die a well-deserved death and let the financial scavengers feed on their remains. - Elric

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  2. They say an asteroid killed the dinos. Maybe Trump is the unexpected event that will do the same to the dino press. The press no longer deserve the privilege of immune action they were given and people know or feel they do not. It has become just a faction of rich men using its legal protections for selfish reasons. Of the two only Trump cares about the country he was charged to protect.
    Pmd

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  3. I used to have subscriptions to three dailies. I cancelled all so many years ago I can't remember when I realized they were all democrat propaganda machines.

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  4. In Jurassic Park they found dinosaur DNA in mosquitos trapped in amber and used the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction to recreate the full chromosomes to be placed in denucleated elephant ova and thus cloned.

    I wonder if at some point in the future someone will find out that there had been things in the past called newspapers and try to recreate them, and if once that is done realize their mistake and have to exterminate them. By ignoring them because they add nothing to anyone's fund of knowledge or understanding.

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    1. Newspapers have become like the critters they put in people's ears in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." They try to attach themselves to your brain stem and control your actions. Why would anyone in the future want to clone them back into existence? - Elric

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  5. "As of Friday, Pritchard, who oversees the Globe's editorial page, said about 70 outlets had committed to editorials so far, with the list expected to grow."

    Collusion!

    -Mikey NTH

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    1. So "journolist" never died! I knew it already.

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    2. And I thought they all just used the "DNC Talking Points" Memo to write their editorials and articles. At least now, their collusion is out in the open.

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  6. If pink-slipping a few editors or journalists can financially rescue a newspaper, just how much are they paying those guys?

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  7. Dear conservative friends,
    I know many of you have ditched the communist rags long ago as have I, so we cannot make an impact. BUT we know people who still subscribe. Please contact them and ask them to cancel their subscriptions effective the 15th, the day prior to this stupidity, and give this as the reason why. Maybe, just maybe, a few editors will get a hint... Probably not.

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    1. An excellent idea! Might be better on the day after they act (August 17th) instead of the day before? In general, each of us needs to be active in persuading people we know, not just on this idea, but all the time. We need to kindly reach out to pierce the liberal bubble to reach folks and open their eyes. If we only talk to ourselves, we're limiting our impact. It has to be done kindly, though. For so many liberals, their very identity and self-worth are tied up with thinking they're being noble by being a liberal. Of course, many will be too entrenched to reach, but there are millions, I'm sure, who are earnest but misguided and poorly informed, especially young people. Don't write them off-- engage with them.

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  8. I'll be sure. It to read any of them

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  9. “But this is the hill the dinosaur newspaper industry has chosen to die on.”

    A hill? Sure it’s not a ditch, or maybe a gutter?

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    1. With an almost empty bottle of Mogen-David 20-20 in a brown paper bag? - Elric

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  10. As a former newspaper editorial writer, I am embarrassed.

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  11. The Press has openly declared it is on the side of The Resistance! Huzzah! Just like the First Civil War. History doesn’t repeat itself, but there sure are a helluva lotta coincidences.

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  12. I cancelled the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ten years ago. The straw that broke the camel’s back was a cartoon on the front page of the features section depicting an icon of Jesus wearing a ‘Vote for..” button. On Palm Sunday.
    Once a week, I 1)get the Sunday crossword from my neighbor, 2) get a copy of the Sunday crossword from my elderly sister - we have been doing the crossword together on Sunday afternoons for twenty years, or 3) spend $3 on the bulldog edition on Saturday and work on the puzzle Saturday evening as I watch the Fox News lineup. I pull out the puzzle and the coupons (for a lady at church) and put the rest directly into the recycling bin.
    When my sister and I can no longer do the puzzle together, I will probably save the $3.
    As PDJT would Tweet, “Sad.”
    JC

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    1. I used to print off the USA puzzles for free from their website.

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  13. You need to activate comments on the China trade article.

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  14. If only they could confine their "Trump outrage" to the editorial page.

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  15. A year or so ago our local paper and one in a neighboring city were bought by a larger paper. Our paper was basically neutral in editorials and political cartoons. That changed almost immediately under the new regime.
    Anti-Trump is now the format, to the point of being hysterical.
    Unexpectedly the papers had to cut 11 employees after their daily attacks on PDJT. No reason other enhancement of profitability.

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    1. Well, we can't expect commies to be good at business, now can we?

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  16. This reminds me so much of the way little college liberals react when they think they have a great revolutionary idea. The papers have obviously not thought this through, but that is so “newspaperish”. They are spinning out of control just like brainless Antifa activists.

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  17. "We are not the enemy of the people", but we despise them and lie to them to help the deep state destroy America.

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  18. Since Mr. Trumps comment has always been directed at the "Fake News" industry, I have to assume by Ms. Pritchards comments that she believes the Boston Globe is in fact "Fake News" and the 70 other papers that wish to participate in her demonstration must also be "Fake News" outlet.

    It is very considerate of these organizations to self-identify themselves to the public, though based on the reporting habits of the majority of newspapers I don't really see any difference in their daily reporting.

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