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What-Ifs of a Media Eclipse (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The New York Times ^ | August 27, 2006 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

Posted on 08/27/2006 4:21:30 AM PDT by abb

WHEN P. Anthony Ridder met with Wall Street analysts in June last year for a routine financial review, he was the chief executive of the nation’s second-largest newspaper company. And he could not have sounded more upbeat about the prospects for his corporate namesake, Knight Ridder.

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Today, many people in the newspaper industry are still scratching their heads over how and why a company with relatively high profit margins and a trophy case of 85 Pulitzer Prizes allowed itself to be wiped off the media landscape.

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Whether the former Knight Ridder papers will be better off, financially and journalistically, under new management remains to be seen. Some may get infusions of energy that had dissipated under Knight Ridder. But they will also continue to grapple with the Internet as they reorient themselves to a media world in which pressmen, truck drivers, reporters and editors are all rethinking how they do their jobs.

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1 posted on 08/27/2006 4:21:31 AM PDT by abb
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But in the interim, powerful changes in the industry — particularly the accelerating shift of advertisers from print to online and the effect on big-city dailies — changed the equation.

“The business is not as sickly as all the rhetoric would suggest, but a year later the industry is in declining health, with cost pressures galore,” Ms. Fine added.

That leaves bleak options for newspaper companies that lack the financial resources to ride out the current upheaval or do not have the ingenuity to reinvent themselves to remain profitable purveyors of information, analysis and entertainment in the digital age.


2 posted on 08/27/2006 4:22:41 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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But they will also continue to grapple with the Internet as they reorient themselves to a media world in which pressmen, truck drivers, reporters and editors are all rethinking how they do their jobs.

If the editors did a better job of forcing the reporters to produce news instead of nonsense, the pressmen and truck drivers wouldn't have to worry so much about their jobs. But, true to form, the Times lists the jobs in the reverse order of relevance.

3 posted on 08/27/2006 4:23:11 AM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: abb
Raoul's First Law of Journalism
BIAS = LAYOFFS

4 posted on 08/27/2006 4:23:19 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; knews_hound; Grampa Dave; martin_fierro; Liz; norwaypinesavage; Mo1; onyx; ...

Ping


5 posted on 08/27/2006 4:24:07 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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“The business is not as sickly as all the rhetoric would suggest, but a year later the industry is in declining health, with cost pressures galore,” Ms. Fine added

My neck hurts from the whiplash caused by that sentence --the business isn't sickly BUT it's in declining health with cost pressures galore. Yeah, sounds like it's in perfect health!

6 posted on 08/27/2006 4:38:23 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Happy Laorb Day! "The Eye" is watching you!)
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"Mommy! Make it stop!"


7 posted on 08/27/2006 4:40:33 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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LOL That comment I quoted reminds me of Kevin Bacon in Animal House, shouting "All is well!" just before he's trampled flat.


8 posted on 08/27/2006 4:49:29 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Happy Laorb Day! "The Eye" is watching you!)
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I've got news for these lunkheads: The entire "Mainstream Newsmedia" is about to be "wiped off the media landscape".

It's an inside job--suicide.

When these jackasses decided to convert the American newsmedia into a propaganda machine, they sealed its doom.

When they opted for the "higher morality" of the 60's counter-culture hippie movement, they made themselves the laughing stock of history and all the world. Too bad they were too stupid to comprehend that the new "higher morality" was nothing more than the old immorality, that what they were opting for was mendacity over truth.

Their most dispicable failure was rejection of truth. Truth for its own sake is the objective that they abandoned, though the obvious fact that truth as a means of informing the electorate is essential for the effective functioning of a republic also seems to have escaped them, either their comprehension or their concern.

However, the funniest thing about their failure--and the single most important factor in sealing their doom--is their blindness to the obvious: propaganda is boring, truth fascinating! This is what has made them such a laughing stock and their silly decision to become a propaganda machine so ridiculous.

9 posted on 08/27/2006 4:50:54 AM PDT by Savage Beast (9/11 was never repeated--thanks to President George Bush.)
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The whole piece is over 3,000 words. Good and informative read. They all know what's coming. They know, and there ain't a damn thing they can do about it...


10 posted on 08/27/2006 4:54:24 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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“The business is not as sickly as all the rhetoric would suggest, but a year later the industry is in declining health, with cost pressures galore,”

"And tell CBS I want the 30 million per year contract to be FIVE years, not three. And get me another shrimp!"

11 posted on 08/27/2006 4:56:05 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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The Times wants me to log in, and none of the login/passwords at bugmenot.com work AND I picked up some Trojan virus I assume from either the Times or Bugmenot. So I won't be reading the 3000 words.
12 posted on 08/27/2006 5:57:11 AM PDT by StACase
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That leaves bleak options for newspaper companies that lack the financial resources to ride out the current upheaval

The cash flow upheaval is not going to subside.

13 posted on 08/27/2006 6:04:28 AM PDT by MrEdd (More cheep than a flock of baby chickens.)
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Well said. Verbal B@tch-slap of the morning.
14 posted on 08/27/2006 6:30:29 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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I've got news for these lunkheads: The entire "Mainstream Newsmedia" is about to be "wiped off the media landscape".

It's an inside job--suicide.

The elite mediot maggot infected owners/controllers of ABCNNBCBS and publishers of the major dinosaur fishwraps are the modern day, Norman Bates. They are trying to keep the corpses alive by refusing to admit that they are dead and to bury them.

Buy my Dinosaur Fishwrap stock, NYT. The old gray lady is just fine!


15 posted on 08/27/2006 6:32:17 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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I think the MSM totally ignored the warning of Alvin Toffler when he wrote in The Third Wave WAY back in 1979 that as communications technologies improve the control of information dissemination by the MSM will come to an end, a process he called demassification of the media.

Well, guess what: Toffler's prophecy has become 2006 reality. With 70+ channel analog cable TV systems, 120+ channel digital cable TV systems, 200+ channel small dish satellite systems, TV program time-shift devices such as VCR's and DVR's, DVD players, and the public Internet (now increasingly on high-speed broadband access), no wonder why the MSM can't figure out why their marketshare is rapidly falling.

16 posted on 08/27/2006 6:35:11 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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Today, many people in the newspaper industry are still scratching their heads over how and why a company with relatively high profit margins and a trophy case of 85 Pulitzer Prizes allowed itself to be wiped off the media landscape.

One word, BIAS. Bias will recognized even by the side it favors. And in their case, why buy a paper to tell you something you already know?

On the other side, why buy a paper that insults your intelligence?

The liberal media are doomed.

17 posted on 08/27/2006 7:29:55 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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The entire "Mainstream Newsmedia" is about to be "wiped off the media landscape" ........ It's an inside job--suicide.

Is this a thread on the preferred method of "mediacide."

Inked to death?

Throwing oneself under a printing press?

Buried under a pile of unsold newspapers?

18 posted on 08/27/2006 8:02:34 AM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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good post!

wasn't the SJ Mercury News the paper that carried the series of articles that "exposed" the cia for pushing crack in black communities, and for creating the crack epidemic?


19 posted on 08/27/2006 8:18:10 AM PDT by drhogan
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Liz, all or any of the actions posted by you, sound great to me:

"The entire "Mainstream Newsmedia" is about to be "wiped off the media landscape" ........ It's an inside job--suicide.

Is this a thread on the preferred method of "mediacide."

Inked to death?

Throwing oneself under a printing press?

Buried under a pile of unsold newspapers?


20 posted on 08/27/2006 8:20:38 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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