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Monday, March 22, 2021

WaPo and NYT also lose post-Trump

Much has been written about the drop in cable ratings now that Donald John Trump no longer is president. But the nation's two biggest purveyors of Fake News -- the Washington Post and the New York Times -- also suffer a collapse in their online traffic as well as the inevitable loss of print subscribers.

Fox reported that CNN lost 47% of its audience since the election. Fox did not report its own loss of 13% of its audience.

But the online newspaper drop in traffic is a less publicized development.

The Washington Post (links to a 3rd party) reported its online traffic fell 26% last month from January, which was President Trump's final month in office. Traffic was also down 7% from February 2020.

The Post said the Times traffic fell 17% from January and 16% from February 2020.

That is not how news works. Sorry. News comes in cycles, and the beginning of a new administration should attract readers who are interested in what the new guys will do.

While I get that Donald Trump is a tough act to follow and Biden has the personality of a tub of lard, I also get that both the Post and the Times are not doing their job. They are not reporting anything interesting about this new administration. They are not even bothering with the fellating feature stories about how Dr. Jill is such a fashion plate and feminist icon.

I am serious. In 2016, the Post ran a story, "Hillary Clinton, style icon? The unexpected inspiration for women's spring fashion."

(And now it's springtime for fashion and Hillary. Winter for ev'ry one else.)

Democracy dies in darkness and the Post and Times are covering this administration with a blanket. It is like the White House does not exist.

I believe this is part of the plan. Let the peasants worry about LeBron James's knee and Cardi B's WAP (and if you don't know what a WAP is by now, you are one of the fortunate few). This provides cover for an administration that works against the nation's best interests because that is where the bribes are.

There is an old saying at the Legislature in Charleston, West Virginia. Fat possums cross at midnight. The marsupials in charge of government get fat.   

While the drop in online traffic and circulation hurt the bottom line, Jeff Bezos did not buy the Post to make money. He already has $90 billion, $150 billion, $200 billion, or whatever the number is today. He bought it for influence. The ability to cover up the news greatly enhances his power and hence his authority. 


  1. Nicely put.

    News comes in cycles, and the beginning of a new administration should attract readers who are interested in what the new guys will do.

    I think this started with the last Democrat clown car and how people talked about ruling, rather than governing, and how the Romans would show who was in charge in the newly-conquered province by crucifying a few hundred. Of course, the fact most were hard-core Commies didn't bear much scrutiny.

    This provides cover for an administration that works against the nation's best interests because that is where the bribes are.

    Does it really? Everybody's watching gas prices go up and even some of the Reds are worried about the mess at the border.

    It's a lot like how easily Trump was able to keep them occupied by his laser pointer.


    1. Who really care about what Democrats propagandists have to say?
      If you really want to have an objective outlook in current events Democrats media lapdogs outlets can not be in your list of sources.

  2. Big D, I don’t know yet what the Lord has planned for me these next 5 years or so, but if I wind up running for the WV house - yes, Saira Blair’s old seat - I will DEFINITELY be getting ahold of you for sage advice.

    1. Good luck. My sage advice is knock on doors and listen. Really listen. Bob Wise may have been to Stalin's left but he always did this and listened. Be a human, not a name.

    2. Listen is great advice. Also, do what you say and say what you do.

    3. And, whatever you do, do not listen to any Republican consultants. Their job is to sabotage Republican candidates.

  3. That would be $200 billion, not $90.

  4. I don't remember where I read this, but thought it apt. Reporters have changed from treating the president like Bob Woodward did Nixon to treating the president like Monica Lewinsky did Bill Clinton.

    1. As I keep saying, I don't KNOW if the media is/are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dem Party, or if it's the other way round, but it's OBVIOUS that they are in CAHOOTS.

  5. Sharyl Attkisson has a good video out: "Slanted Journalism and the 2020 Election."

  6. I had to look up the definition of WAP had the W wrong thought it meant Wide

  7. Excellent thought provoking column!

    The Washington Post and New York Times have badly damaged their credibility.

    I am unable to foresee how they will ever be regain their credibility with at least half the American People. Though I understand as Don notes the owners of these organizations don’t care how their organizations are perceived by most Americans.

    Thinking it through in my mind, what stands out as most problematic over the last five years is the way:

    1) The Democrats and RINOs (especially John McCain, who was definitely in on it);

    2) The politically biased federal bureaucrats (especially, but not solely, in the Justice Department, the Intelligence Agencies, and the Defense Department); and

    3) The so-called mainstream news media (CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, NYT, NBC, ABC, CBS, Daily Beast, BuzzFeed, etc.) —

    conspired to continuously generate and publicized lies which were reported as scandals which led to politicized Congressional investigations and scam Impeachments.

    All three of these very corrupt, very self-interested, organizations need to be either thoroughly investigated and cleaned out; or replaced by new organizations which understand they cannot get away with the same behavior by the next Pro-American People (not the US Chamber of Commerce) Republican President (the Democrat Party is too corrupt to be reformed, it needs to be opposed and thoroughly defeated).

    1. Suzy, I despise, detest, and TOTALLY distrust the NYT and the WaPoo, and I trust you will understand WHY I call the WaPoo the WaPoo (it WaPoops).

  8. Don

    I would appreciate your thoughts in a post re MSM and First Amendment.

    I do not believe that the current MSM is a 'Free Press'entitled to protection under the First Amendment.

  9. If you didn't know about the journalist George Seldes then it was much easier for the Times and Post to spin you any which way they wished. I'm talking pre Trump.

    If you knew about Seldes' work, who lived a century ago, then you seldom believed anything from the media even so called conservative media.

    A century ago the intrepid Seldes was the precursor to Jack Anderson, Sy Hersh, Chris Hedges, Glen Greewald, etc. I think they called them muckrakers. But Seldes, by far, was the toughest of them all.

    Long live muckrakers!

  10. Hopefully they will both go the way of the Dodo bird.

  11. LMAO! Thanks for today's laugh, sir!

  12. LMAO! Thanks for today's laugh, sir!

  13. LMAO! Thanks for today's laugh, sir!

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