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7 Responses to “The Death of the Newspaper”

  1. ironman says:

    For fun, here’s a post highlighting what turned out to be some highly accurate predictions made in 1993, one of which involved the demise of the news media (as Michael Crichton foresaw it!)

  2. Yet the WSJ, The Minneapolis Star, The Washington Post and the Chicago Sun all did relatively well in a down advertising market. Maybe those management teams should be farmed out to other papers in order to teach the secrets of success. Similar to what winning football teams do after the super bowl

  3. microcap says:

    For some reason, all these databases have missed the EW Scripps spinout of Scripps Media, which included HGTV, Food Network, and their best cable assets. So the data is not entirely correct.

  4. microcap says:

    For that matter, they spelled “Gannett” wrong.

  5. JoWriter says:

    Secrets of success? They need to respect all of their readers, not just the ones who share reporters’ and editors’ liberal views. Yet, the people most likely to continue to subscribe are the older, formerly loyal readers – a large majority of which is conservative or moderate.

    My own personal experience covering the Klamath Falls water cutoff of water for No Calif and So Oregon farmers in the Klamath River Basin during the spring and summer of 2001 for a small news service showed me that the AP was refusing to report on the contrary information the farmers were begging them to read and understand and write about.

    The AP also went to the same well, source, for every story on the crisis to ‘get the side of the fishermen’ – one San Francisco lawyer purporting to represent commercial fishermen. The actual commercial fishermen told the Klamath farmers he didn’t speak for them.

    The AP stories always led with the government position that fish were in danger, proceeded to quote environmentalists and that bogus ‘fisherman,’ and at the end of the story had a one-sentence quote from a farmer who was losing his livelihood due to the artificial drought caused when the government shut off the irrigation canals that the farmers had paid for themselves.

    I doubt that any Klamath farmers get The Oregonian or the SFChronicle any more.

    The magnitude of that tragedy still haunts me.

  6. JoWriter,

    see: “…The CIA effort to recruit American news organizations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda, was headed up by Frank Wisner, Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, and Philip Graham (publisher of The Washington Post). Wisner had taken Graham under his wing to direct the program code-named Operation Mockingbird and both have presumably committed suicide.

    Media assets will eventually include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International (UPI), Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service, etc. and 400 journalists, who have secretly carried out assignments according to documents on file at CIA headquarters, from intelligence-gathering to serving as go-betweens. The CIA had infiltrated the nation’s businesses, media, and universities…”

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