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U.S. media jobs slashed 88 percent ...( job cuts SURGED in 2006)
UPI ^ | Jan. 25 -2007

Posted on 01/26/2007 6:55:25 AM PST by IrishMike

U.S. media job cuts surged 88 percent in 2006 from the previous year, a downsizing trend expected to continue this year, a survey said Thursday.

The media industry slashed 17,809 jobs last year, a nearly two-fold increase from the 9,453 cuts in 2005, outplacement consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas said.

The figure was the industry's largest annual job-cut total since 43,420 media job cuts accompanied the collapse of the technology bubble in 2001, the survey said.

"A sea change in the way people get and read news, not to mention the way they search for jobs, used cars and consumer products, was the primary contributor," the company said.

Media companies, including the New York Times Co. and Time Inc., have already laid off 2,000 employees in 2007, Challenger noted, saying the cuts suggested the downsizing trend would continue.

"These organizations will continue to make adjustments as their focus shifts from print to electronic," Chief Executive John Challenger said. "Until they can figure out a way to make as much money from their online services as they are losing from the print side, it is going to be an uphill battle."

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The decline of the MSM drive by media is self inflicted and a joy to watch. The media long ago decided to swop spit with the DRats, and instead or reporting the news, they chose to 'interprit' the news.
1 posted on 01/26/2007 6:55:27 AM PST by IrishMike
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To: IrishMike
THERE IS A GOD WHO EXECUTES JUSTICE IN THIS WORLD AFTER ALL!!!!!

could not happen to a nicer group of people, imo

2 posted on 01/26/2007 6:56:47 AM PST by DreamsofPolycarp
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To: IrishMike

Sniff. Boo hoo. Not. Those hypocritical and dishonest bastards are getting exacly what they deserve.


3 posted on 01/26/2007 6:57:33 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: IrishMike
That is alot of socialists looking for work...
4 posted on 01/26/2007 6:59:03 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: IrishMike
One would think some of them might try to compete for the 50% or so market of consumers who consider themselves conservatives.

But I suppose as long as it is newly minted lefties out of college getting the axe while Pinchy and his gang continue to live off their inheritance, nothing will change.

At some point you'd think even management would be feeling the heat, though, as this poor performance has got to be kindling a stockholder backlash.

5 posted on 01/26/2007 6:59:29 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: IrishMike

I wonder if this is having an effect on enrollment in journalism "schools" at universities. They typically are rather left wing departments.


6 posted on 01/26/2007 7:00:46 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: 2banana
That is alot of socialists looking for work...

And expecting to find it in an expanded government . . . whether it be an enlarged PBS or a new public affairs department in an expanded government program.

7 posted on 01/26/2007 7:01:06 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: IrishMike

And to think--they STILL don't get it!


8 posted on 01/26/2007 7:01:09 AM PST by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense, don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: IrishMike

The headline doesn't match the actual story. The media job cuts INCREASED by 88% over the previous year, but U.S. media jobs were not slashed 88%.


9 posted on 01/26/2007 7:04:28 AM PST by TommyDale (If we don't put a stop to this global warming, we will all be dead in 10,000 years!)
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To: TommyDale

UPI sensationalist headline.


10 posted on 01/26/2007 7:05:39 AM PST by TommyDale (If we don't put a stop to this global warming, we will all be dead in 10,000 years!)
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To: dmw
And to think--they STILL don't get it!

Yeah, they think going "online" is their great salvation, but it just means that they've got to compete in the great pantheon of ideas called the internet. They're just another voice in the world-wide stadium.

What's also ironic is that the "means of production", in this case the printing presses, distribution network, etc., has truly been taken from the bourgeois and handed over to the proletariat. Viva La Revolucion, Big Media!! Your workers' paradise is here!

11 posted on 01/26/2007 7:09:08 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: IrishMike

I think I'll start calling them The Bleeding Media.

But, with all these job cuts and bureaus closing, how will we get hard news from all corners of the world? Do we really want to trust the news we get from... blogs?????


12 posted on 01/26/2007 7:10:09 AM PST by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: TommyDale

Had to post the headline as printed,
the UPI employee who initially put it to print must be one of them getting the axe, or deeply depressed
.... or both.


13 posted on 01/26/2007 7:10:39 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: IrishMike

well... it's a start!


14 posted on 01/26/2007 7:10:47 AM PST by altura (Everything I need to know about law, I learned on Law and Order.)
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To: IrishMike

Yeah, I noticed that. Let's let them discover it on their own. Why help the media anyway? They are making themselves look stupid.


15 posted on 01/26/2007 7:12:00 AM PST by TommyDale (If we don't put a stop to this global warming, we will all be dead in 10,000 years!)
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To: randog

YOU DON'T GET IT! IT'S THE WRONG PROLETARIAT!

/fake shouting. HA! "I'm lovin'it."


16 posted on 01/26/2007 7:12:40 AM PST by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: IrishMike

LOL...no wonder the Lefty lap-dogs in the msm think the economy is in a depression. Of course, the productive parts of our economy are flourishing, but these parasites, who produce nothing but distortion and deception, are not in those businesses. In the wasteland of the biased media, we see massive collapse as it stumbles toward oblivion. America will be the better for their demise.


17 posted on 01/26/2007 7:13:27 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: IrishMike
"A sea change in the way people get and read news, not to mention the way they search for jobs, used cars and consumer products, was the primary contributor," the company said.

Doing a crappy job of reporting the news, trying to foist editorializing as "news," deliberately witholding information as a way of skewing what we see and read, trying to use the media as a tool for social engineering - nah, those couldn't be the reasons!

18 posted on 01/26/2007 7:14:14 AM PST by COBOL2Java ("No stronger retrograde force exists in the world" - Winston Churchill on Islam)
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To: ichabod1

.....how will we get hard news from all corners of the world? Do we really want to trust the news we get from... blogs?????
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Same as now, being selective and FReepin


19 posted on 01/26/2007 7:14:27 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: IrishMike

No wonder they think the economy is in the toilet under Bush....


20 posted on 01/26/2007 7:16:06 AM PST by D-Chivas
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To: COBOL2Java
As I mentioned in comments (post #1)

The decline of the MSM drive by media is self inflicted and a joy to watch. The media long ago decided to swop spit with the DRats, and instead or reporting the news, they chose to 'interpret' the news.
21 posted on 01/26/2007 7:16:07 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: IrishMike
...The media long ago decided to swop spit with the DRats...

So true, but eeew!

22 posted on 01/26/2007 7:19:02 AM PST by COBOL2Java ("No stronger retrograde force exists in the world" - Winston Churchill on Islam)
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To: D-Chivas

No wonder they think the economy is in the toilet under Bush....
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Absolutely, because twice the Nation voted to make him president .....
that's 50 plus % that know there is media bias.


23 posted on 01/26/2007 7:19:17 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: IrishMike

Mike, you are so naive. MSM does not "interprit" the news. They do, however, manufacture the news. Thanks for making me think of this. I have to do everything. s/


24 posted on 01/26/2007 7:27:37 AM PST by healy61
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To: TommyDale
And they wonder why they're out of work.

I still get the Sunday dead-tree paper delivered, partly so I can play the Sunday-morning game of "spot the headline that doesn't match the story". Usually have about 2-3 by the time I get to page 5.

They even misspelled Rumsfeld's name in a page-one Sunday-edition headline, then didn't bother to respond to my email about it. Which might explain why they made a similar mistake 2 weeks later.

25 posted on 01/26/2007 7:27:40 AM PST by sanchmo (If we wish to learn what was going on in Europe in 1938, just look around - V.D. Hanson)
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To: 2banana
That is alot of socialists looking for work...

How about this alternate title: "Number of street beggars increases by 88%....!"
26 posted on 01/26/2007 7:31:08 AM PST by JLGALT (Get ready - Lock and Load!)
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To: IrishMike
I am really beginning to worry.

What will I use to line the bird cage.
27 posted on 01/26/2007 7:34:14 AM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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To: dmw
And to think--they STILL don't get it!

Neither does Err Amerika.

Liberal AM radio (Air America) fails to pay its own way, even in Santa Cruz: Fairness Doctrine

28 posted on 01/26/2007 7:38:21 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: msnimje

I am really beginning to worry.
What will I use to line the bird cage.
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When that time comes
SAWDUST


29 posted on 01/26/2007 7:39:03 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: All
But WHY?... WHY is more cuts?... we... the MEDIA... the "conscience of our mother land"... WE the "proctectors of our freedoms"... WHY?....I just don't know why this is happening....:)


30 posted on 01/26/2007 7:46:10 AM PST by ElPatriota
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To: IrishMike

Gee, where does a lying hypocrite look for a job. Probably have to run for a government office.


31 posted on 01/26/2007 7:50:24 AM PST by JayAr36
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To: 2banana
"That is alot of socialists looking for work..."

The best part is their total and complete refusal to recognize that their difficulties are at least partly self-created and could be fixed before going belly-up. As long as they wear blinders, this will be a headline for many more January's until most of their jobs have vanished.

32 posted on 01/26/2007 7:52:07 AM PST by penowa (NO more Bushes; NO more Clintons EVER!)
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To: IrishMike; abb; Milhouse
They aren't dead, they are just resting.



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Cheers,

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33 posted on 01/26/2007 7:58:21 AM PST by knews_hound (Sarcastically blogging since 2004.)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; bwteim; ...

Ping


34 posted on 01/26/2007 8:03:40 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: IrishMike

The media industry slashed 17,809 jobs last year, a nearly two-fold increase from the 9,453 cuts in 2005, outplacement consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas said.
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This is proof that conservative media needs to be controlled. Look at the effect it's having. I propose a fairness doctrine that would not allow conservative viewpoints in any media. There must also be equal time legislation that allows public funding of liberal media to guarantee a more balanced media. Government should lift Air America and others out of their negative financial state and fund them entirely with taxpayer funds and should also pay for the education of liberal students at Columbia and elsewhere. It is alarming that so many jobs are lost in the MSM which in effect silences liberals and supports conservative viewpoints. It's only fair. /sarc off


35 posted on 01/26/2007 8:14:14 AM PST by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: IrishMike

Just think where we'd be if Algore hadn't invented the internet.


36 posted on 01/26/2007 8:17:53 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: IrishMike
Yea!

By the way, this is quickly becoming my favorite picture of ALL time.


37 posted on 01/26/2007 8:19:39 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I also like that picture.


38 posted on 01/26/2007 8:37:02 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: IrishMike

There are at least two reasons why they are doing badly economically: 1) Their bias has driven away large segments of their audience; 2) The internet is competing with them for ad money, especially classified ads. Having sunk so deeply into the gutter of bias, they will find it very difficult to climb out, because now they can only gain conservative readers by offending their remaining leftist readers.

There are also several reasons why they are less and less worth reading: 1) Leftist bias. 2) Less and less reporting of the facts, so there is a very low signal to noise ration. You have to listen to half an hour of blather to pick up one or two facts, and the most important facts may never be reported at all. 3) Less and less intelligence or common sense. It seems as if every year the arts, science, fashion, religion, movie, and other specialized reporters are getting stupider and stupider. 4) Less and less professionalism. More typos, more clumsy and dull writing, more over-the-top venting of personal biases. No dignity, no decency, no sense of writing style. 5) And so forth.

I suppose none of this is surprising. It goes along with the decline in public education and journalism education. An intelligent conservative will probably make up for the deficiencies of public education with self education; a dumb liberal will just go with the flow, and it certainly shows.

Just take Maureen Dowd, for instance. Or Perky Katie. Or Frank Church. Or that arch-shaper of the media's problems, Pinch Sulzberger.


39 posted on 01/26/2007 9:20:00 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: TommyDale
The media job cuts INCREASED by 88% over the previous year, but U.S. media jobs were not slashed 88%.
Quite a disappointment . . .

40 posted on 01/26/2007 9:36:41 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Cicero

It goes along with the decline in public education and journalism education.
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Remind me of the 'dumbing down of America' statement, but for the life of me I cannot remember who, when or where !
(I just realized what I wrote ... I'm dumbed down tired)


41 posted on 01/26/2007 9:46:26 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: IrishMike
Theres a liberal puke writer at this paper that I email every so often to point out how biased and completely stupid she is. I do this maybe 3 or four times a year, nothing consistent or steady.

Well, she remembers me and always responds really arrogant and defensive of her perspective.

The last time I emailed her was right after the Philly Enquirer hacked a ton of liberals. I told her she's going to be the next idiot to hit the streets.

She didn't email me back this time. The first time she didn't in probably 7 or 8 emails. I think she (they) finally see the writing on the wall. :)

42 posted on 01/26/2007 9:47:49 AM PST by libs_kma (Monica blew while Al-Queda grew.....Oh well, Clinton happens!)
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To: TommyDale

Well, as the amount of new decreases, so is the number of personnel involved. In the good old days there was a lot of news: a king had a diarrhea bout, or two ambassadors got into a spat over the precedence, or, say, a storm damaged city vineyards and, since witchcraft was suspected, the local inquisitor would take a whole half-page ad in a local fishwrap and provide a hotline number to call. And now?


43 posted on 01/26/2007 10:31:16 AM PST by GSlob
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To: SkyPilot

Great photo.


44 posted on 01/26/2007 10:48:49 AM PST by Ciexyz (In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:)
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To: 3AngelaD

"Sniff. Boo hoo. Not. Those hypocritical and dishonest bastards are getting exacly what they deserve."

Exactly. Eff' em.


45 posted on 01/26/2007 11:36:36 AM PST by Levante
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To: IrishMike

Hey, I'm one of those media people. Happily, I got out of the print media in 1995 because I could already see the writing on the wall, so to speak. The process leading to the death of the media can actually be documented - perhaps someone will write a book about it.

At first, around 1900, all journalism was yellow and heavily biased. It was raw, rude, crude, and heaps of fun to read. By the 1920s there was a change in attitude to the "objective" school of reporting, where the news was supposed to be "just the facts" and reporters and editors were "gatekeepers of knowledge." As time went on, newsgathering became seen as an elite profession, rather than the last resort for drunk novelist has-beens and ne'er do wells. Sometime in the middle 1960s writers like Thomas Wolfe, Joan Didion, and Truman Capote began to write "literary journalism," in which styles used in fiction were incorporated into the news. At the same time, print newspapers start consolidation and the long slide downward for per capita circulation becomes noticable. Twenty years later, everyone is trying to be a combination of Capote and Woodward and Bernstein. Advocacy journalism rules; objectivity is spoken like a mantra, but no one really believes it. Circulation continues a decline; the print media blames television. Newspapers become a monopoly. Elitist attitudes in newsrooms reach a crescendo; reporters want to change the world; editors seek advocacy; publishers, holding a monopoly, rake in the cash as the only place in town to print classified ads and public notices. Circulation declines more; the print media blames cable outlets like CNN. Finally, in our era, publishers lose their monopoly due to the Internet; shrinking staff numbers mean that few people seek newspaper jobs, leaving behind those who cut their teeth during the advocacy and Woodward and Bernstein error; circulation keeps dropping, which is blamed on the Internet.

Not surprisingly, Limbaugh and Savage and Dr. Laura and Hannity and O'Reilly and Art Bell (yeah, even him) have a surge of popularity by essentially mirroring the successful techniques of journalism from the turn of the 20th century. People love bias and pointing opinion as long as it is presented as such. The print media hides their advocacy behind the lie of "objectivity." (I know this personally, having worked there for 20 years.) People don't like being lied to, for starters, and the advocacy isn't popular. The talk show advocates, on the other hand, do appeal to popular opinion.

Just a quick tour. Someday newspapers will join poetry journals at the edge of the literate world.


46 posted on 01/26/2007 12:20:01 PM PST by redpoll (redpoll)
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To: redpoll

"...Woodward and Bernstein error..."

Of course I mean ERA, but talk about your Freudian slip.


47 posted on 01/26/2007 12:42:01 PM PST by redpoll (redpoll)
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To: redpoll

- perhaps someone will write a book about it.

You could be working on one ?????


48 posted on 01/26/2007 1:45:24 PM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: devolve; abb; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; bitt; dixiechick2000; Grampa Dave; Milhous; Seadog Bytes; ...
Thanks abb


49 posted on 01/26/2007 1:46:19 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: IrishMike
Image hosted by Photobucket.com shakes head laughing at all the rat journalism majors out there... wondering if they ever really read the news???

there's a lot of openings out there... just NONE of them will be refilled. 8^) good luck suckers.

50 posted on 01/26/2007 3:39:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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