We get it but I hate it more every day. It is like reading a DNC handout.Slightly better than the NYT but only SLIGHTLY.
I'm depressed to hear the Boston Globe is getting more readers. I know personally of people who have left it because of its liberal and extreme anti-Catholic bias.
Hey. There's something to try. Start with Ellen Goodman and Richard Cohen.
The editors and writers regularly accuse Christians of being evil, for example. They infiltrate stories about water filtration systems with paeons to abortion, and feature folks in interviews I wouldn't stop my car to avoid hitting.
Then they began sueing non-Liberal websites that C&Pd portions of their news articles.
I think the last straw was when they turned the corporate lesbian harpies loose on Richard Cohen and Juan Williams. Although they are mind-numbed, robot-like knee-jerk Liberals, they are entertaining, and sometimes actually come up with a new way of looking at things. This was unconscionable.
The Post can never recover.
In DC Metro area, The Washington Times is an alternative, one of the best conservative papers around.
It's online, too
Because I only buy the Post when the Washington Times is sold out- and the Washington Times is usually sold out quickly around here- even though I live in a democrat town.
I don't think that this is a fair comparison since most issues of USA Today seem to be give-aways at hotels. I was travelling this week and had 4 copies dropped by my door and between them I probably read at most 3 articles.
The Post's lefty bias will only alienate half of the local readership, which, like the rest of the US, is pretty evenly split between conservatives and liberals. The difficulty is that its editorial style is nauseating. The editors appear to believe that it's appealing to write in a snarky, derisory, cutesy style. So after awhile they lose even their liberal readers. At least the NYT makes one gag on the basis of content, not style.
I don't subscribe to the Compost...my parakeet died.
Clinton is out of office for almost four years, and the Washington Post is now wondering why they can't keep it up anymore?
Relentless front page coverage of Abu Ghraib, Berger granted inside space (though the Berger stories are well written, well researched and devoid of partisan tone, so kudos on that score). But look at their upside down analysis/editorial of the two stories today. They have the two reversed in the scope they encompass.
And that's just for an example. There are many others.
Because they SUCK. That's why.
Well let's see. They are owned in part by Warren Buffet who is also a Kerry financial adviser. They choose to ignore FEC rules on campaign equal coverage. They lie through their teeth. Many more reasons also. Washington post is just one of many failing liberal papers. I am not shopping at Nebraska Furniture Mart which is owned by Buffet, ever!!!
the New York Times, and the Boston Globe are gaining them
I usually buy the W Times, but this week USA Today had a fabulous page 1 picture comparison of the two candidates. They showed each candidate saluting. A handsome President Bush was holding his hand as straight as an arrow, showing respect. John Kerry's hand was arced over and his fingers were wavy. It was a pre-botox picture, so he looked really bad. I bought it.
My local Giant Food Store had a kiosk right inside the door today trying to get subscribers by practically giving away free Washington Post's. I almost went over to the young man and told him that I didn't think that anyone should read the leftist rag, but he was just trying to do a job, so I moved on.
Hey Post guy, c'mere...Switching megaphone on: YOUR SHAMELESS AND RELENTLESS LEFT-WING BIAS FORCES HUGE SECTIONS OF THE POPULATION TO GIVE UP AND STOP BUYING YOUR PRODUCT.
As someone who works at a newspaper, I can safely say that between 10-20 percent of newspaper circulation are "freebies," such as issues donated to schools, hospitals, hotels, and other public venues.
Likewise, whenever a newspaper manager sees circulation falling, he or she often launches into promotional mode in which he gives away thousands of additional newspapers just so he can claim the numbers are going up.
How many times have you stayed in a hotel only to find a free USA Today or NY Times at your doorstep in the morning.
One paper I worked at GAVE every school in its territory a stack of about 100 newspapers each and every morning, for the students AND for the faculty. These were included in the daily circulation numbers even though the paper did not get one red cent.
It was their little scam to try and hook the kiddies into reading their paper every day.
Obviously, they haven't been taking their V1AKG-RA
The newspaper name is followed by average daily circulation, gain/(loss), and percentage gain/(loss).
1. USA Today, McLean, Va. (M-F*) 2,280,761; 49,029; 2.2%
2. The Wall Street Journal (M-F) 2,101,017**; 280,417; 15.4%
3. The New York Times (M-F) 1,133,763; 3,023; 0.3%
4. Los Angeles Times (M-Sat*)#983,727; 4,178; 0.5%
5. The Washington Post (M-F) 772,553; (23,814); (3%)
6. Daily News, New York (M-F) 747,053; 10,023; 1.4%
7. New York Post (M-F) 678,012; 57,932; 9.3%
8. Chicago Tribune (M-F*) 614,548; (6,557);(1.1%)
9. Newsday, Melville, N.Y. (M-F) 580,346; 995; 0.2%
10. Houston Chronicle (M-Sat) 549,300; 792; 0.1%
11. The Dallas Morning News (M-F*) 529,879; (2,172); (0.4%)
12. San Francisco Chronicle (M-F) 501,135; (13,130); (2.6%)
13. Chicago Sun-Times (M-F) 486,936; (1,551); (0.3)%
14. The Arizona Republic, Phoenix (M-Sat) 466,926; (19,205); (4%)
15. The Boston Globe (M-F) 452,109; 3,334; 0.7%
16. The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J. (M-F) 407,945; 215; 0.0%
17. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (M-F*) 401,077; (18,491); (4.4%)
18. The Philadelphia Inquirer (M-F) 387,692; 802; 0.2%
19. Star Tribune, Minneapolis (M-Sat) 377,058; 1,552; 0.4%
20. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland (M-Sat) 367,528; (5,609); (1.5%)
* Averages calculated by E&P.
** Includes 301,162 paid online subscriptions qualified under ABC rules. Online subscriptions were not counted in the year-ago figure.
# Change in publishing plan and/or frequency.
As is noted elsewhere, you can't go to a hotel in the US without having a USA Today dropped at your door, and I've noticed a lot of restaurants like McDonald's and Dennys have them for people to read around breakfast time. Their total paid circulation is probably around 50. How often do you see them at supermarket checkout stands?
The NY Times gained less than 1/2 of 1 percent, despite going national. I suspect the problem the Washington Post has is that their news people are older than the on-air talent at 60 Minutes. Also, by the time anything hits print, it's not news. I don't get the newspaper anymore because anything I would have an interest in reading is already posted on the internet, I can read it from six different viewpoints, and also read the parts the local paper cut out to save space.
As a side note, I photograph sports for a local high school and the local newspaper. I post them to my web site, also. The parents all tell me, "I saw your photos in the paper." The kids all tell me, "I saw your photos online." It's a small weekly paper, and the kids see 20 to 30 photos on Saturday morning, while their parents see 5 or 6 photos the following Thursday. Newspapers are dying. The way the country's growing, they wouldn't be fighting to hold even if the whole concept of "newspaper" wasn't becoming outdated. I think their problem is two-fold. Literacy is dropping, while people who are smart enough to read a newspaper go online. Notice the Dallas Morning News. It's in one of the fastest growing regions of the country and dropped 2,000 readers. Of course, it was once locally owned and conservative and has been bought out by a major liberal chain (I think Cox).
I also noticed the LA Times reported a readership increase, but the # indicates a change in something about the way they report, and I know they just had a bunch of layoffs because of falling revenues.
BTW, info is from editorandpublisher.com, a pretty good source for news about the news business.
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