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A Government Bailout For The New York Times?
Boycott The New York Times ^ | January 5, 2009 | Don Feder

Posted on 01/05/2009 11:45:44 AM PST by AIM Freeper

Here’s an idea so atrocious that that it should send shivers down the spines of those who are fighting media bias — forcing taxpayers to subsidize said bias.

Many newspapers are in serious financial trouble, due to a number of factors — including alienating former subscribers with bias so blatant that it leaps off the pages.

The New York Times saw its ad revenue fall 16.2% from October 2007 to October 2008. Last year, its stock lost 66.8% of its value. The paper is planning to take out a $225-million mortgage on its Manhattan headquarters to cover operating deficits.

No surprise, then, that one of the bright boys in the mainstream media wants a bailout for the liberal press. A Reuters story, “Government Aid Could Save U.S. Newspapers, Spark Debate,” is a trial balloon.

Former Miami Herald editor Tom Fiedler, now the dean of the Boston University School of Communications, thinks it’s a capital notion. “I truly believe that no democracy can remain healthy without an equally healthy press,” Fiedler confides. “Thus it is in democracy’s interest to support the press in the same sense that the human being doesn’t hesitate to take medicine when his or her health is threatened.”

If the public must subsidize failing newspapers, why not television news shows, radio stations and Internet news sites as well?

Of course, Washington can’t provide a bailout to every newspaper that’s on the verge of going under. So which newspapers get bailed out and which are allowed to close? Clearly media outlets favored by the political elite will get the subsidies — The New York Times and not The Washington Times, The Washington Post and not The New York Post.

Instead of promoting democracy, newspaper bailouts would short-circuit the democratic process. Every time you buy (or subscribe to) a newspaper, you’re voting with your dollars for those you trust to report the news accurately and objectively.

Just as it is intent on overriding consumer choice regarding talk radio (by resurrecting the Fairness Doctrine), the left wants to force consumers to bailout its pet press.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bailout; mediabias; thenewyorktimes; tomfiedler
http://boycottnyt.com/boycott-the-new-york-times-petition

http://boycottnyt.com/take-action

1 posted on 01/05/2009 11:45:45 AM PST by AIM Freeper
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To: AIM Freeper

Sink or swim, Let them sink!


2 posted on 01/05/2009 11:48:01 AM PST by JamesA (He who hesitates is lost.)
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To: AIM Freeper

Never.


3 posted on 01/05/2009 11:48:19 AM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: AIM Freeper

Thanks for posting the link. We’ve got to take action.


4 posted on 01/05/2009 11:48:39 AM PST by jersey117
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To: AIM Freeper

5 posted on 01/05/2009 11:49:50 AM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: AIM Freeper

Actually, it should be called a “payoff” not a bailout.


6 posted on 01/05/2009 11:50:55 AM PST by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: JamesA
Sink or swim, Let them sink!

We're with you, and the public will be with you. But then, the public opposed the Wall Street bailouts, so there is reason for concern.

My money is on a disguised newspaper bailout under the aegis of an "arts" bailout.

7 posted on 01/05/2009 11:53:25 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: AIM Freeper

I fondly remember what Ann Coulter said about the NYT in the aftermath of 9/11.


8 posted on 01/05/2009 11:54:17 AM PST by libh8er
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To: AIM Freeper
Who do we fax in the government to stop a NYT’s bailout.

The market has decided NOT to purchase the New York Times or advertisement there in. I'll be damned if my tax dollar will be spent on a NYT bailout. Who do I call to stop this?

9 posted on 01/05/2009 11:59:18 AM PST by Chgogal (Don't look at me. You elected them, Comrade!)
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To: AIM Freeper

And (giggling), we should bail out “move on.com, the DNC, and Clintons ltbrary.


10 posted on 01/05/2009 12:03:18 PM PST by Uncle George
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To: Chgogal

Who do we fax in the government to stop a NYT’s bailout.

Try God or Col. Colt


11 posted on 01/05/2009 12:04:55 PM PST by gunner03
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To: gunner03
Off topic...WTF...Leon Penetta (sp) to head the CIA...we are so screwed!!!!
12 posted on 01/05/2009 12:07:04 PM PST by Chgogal (Don't look at me. You elected them, Comrade!)
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To: AIM Freeper
We formed a ring to notify advertisers in papers that we will not buy their product or services advertised in the XXXX for reasons of blatant partisanship.
Follow, keep sending emails.
You are not helpless.
13 posted on 01/05/2009 12:19:05 PM PST by hermgem (Will Olmr)
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To: Chgogal

You been to all those places Chgogal?


14 posted on 01/05/2009 12:21:00 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: AIM Freeper

This is what happens when you torque off half your potential customers.

Don’t know when I have seen a more unfit industry. Apparently there are morons at the helm of every major newspaper in the US.


15 posted on 01/05/2009 12:21:04 PM PST by texmexis best (uency)
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To: AIM Freeper
We might just suck it up. Our Communists/Socialist knows he is totally unqualified to keep America's financial and security safe, along with the rest of his party, that he will feed anyone or any organization that will keep voters on board for the next election. Typical gangster method of control.
16 posted on 01/05/2009 12:32:07 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Aquinasfan

“My money is on a disguised newspaper bailout under the aegis of an “arts” bailout.”

I wouldn’t be surprised they’d be bailed out with some sort of tie to PBS/NPR.


17 posted on 01/05/2009 12:38:24 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: AIM Freeper

The NYT is a Communist kamikaze, destined to die in flames on the deck of the “USS Bush Derangement Syndrome!”


18 posted on 01/05/2009 12:57:30 PM PST by MarineBrat (The New York Times is a Communist Kamikaze.)
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To: AIM Freeper

And this should surprise anyone? With a lazy, gutless, do-nothing public and the arrogance of the left, why wouldn’t they prop up their own biggest cheerleaders. Using taxpayer dollars to scam, fleece and intimidate taxpayers. It’s the leftist way!


19 posted on 01/05/2009 1:11:43 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: libh8er
I fondly remember what Ann Coulter said about the NYT in the aftermath of 9/11.

Which was...?

20 posted on 01/05/2009 1:29:04 PM PST by randog (Hope is a bad business plan.)
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To: Dallas59

I hate to say this but today that Hammer and Sickle should be on the Stars and Strips somewhere


21 posted on 01/05/2009 1:30:04 PM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: AIM Freeper

Given all the events that have occurred of late, I would say that bailing out the left-wing media would be the correct event to trigger the resetting of the US Constitution.


22 posted on 01/05/2009 1:37:35 PM PST by meyer (We are all John Galt)
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To: AIM Freeper

No way in hell!!


23 posted on 01/05/2009 1:41:20 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: AIM Freeper
Not just NO, HELL NO!! The NYT needs to die a well-deserved death, ASAP.

If the public must subsidize failing newspapers, why not television news shows, radio stations and Internet news sites as well?

No more FReepathons! I'm sure they'll subsidize us, right?

24 posted on 01/05/2009 2:22:26 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Why do I find the Toyota "Saved by Zero" ads so ironic?)
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