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Not A Parody: Op-Ed Suggests Making NYT An Endowed Non-Profit–For Only $5 Billion!
FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 01/28/2009 4:02:43 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

An op-ed in the New York Times suggests turning the paper into a non-profit. Hey, the gurus of the Gray Lady have already accomplished that, thank you very much!

But seriously–at least I think they were being serious–the authors, two Yale investment officials, propose transforming the Times and other struggling newspapers into “nonprofit, endowed institutions — like colleges and universities.”

Great idea. Just like the rich sons of Eli turn up to root the football team to victory against Harvard–dropping the odd million into Yale’s endowment while they’re at it–so too will the Times’ benefactors head out to Central Park to watch the paper’s softball team take on the NY Post.

There’s just one nagging little detail in the authors’ otherwise brilliant plan that could present something of an obstacle. According to their calculation, in order to throw off the $200 million in annual income required to operate the paper, the endowment required would be . . . $5 billion.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: newyorktimes; nonprofits; nyt; yale
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1 posted on 01/28/2009 4:02:43 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Make your tax-deductible donation to the NYT ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 01/28/2009 4:03:34 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

so, it would be a lot like Pravda under USSR?


3 posted on 01/28/2009 4:07:26 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...in order to throw off the $200 million in annual income required to operate the paper, the endowment required would be . . . $5 billion.

I hear there's a guy, can't recall his name exactly, Markoff or Madouf or something like that, cranks out 12% a year.

Invest the endowment with him and they only need $1.5 billion. ;-P

4 posted on 01/28/2009 4:08:44 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


5 posted on 01/28/2009 4:10:17 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why didn’t the buggy whip makers think of this?


6 posted on 01/28/2009 4:10:42 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I can't wait for January 20, 2013")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

While the ‘Rats are busy designing ways to Hush Rush, they want to use public money to ensure their House mouthpiece continues.

Which circle of Hell is this?


7 posted on 01/28/2009 4:12:28 AM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee

As long as it’s not my tax money. Let the Libs put up their own....


8 posted on 01/28/2009 4:18:22 AM PST by aviator (Armored Pest Control)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

UH, we already have that: NPR


9 posted on 01/28/2009 4:20:43 AM PST by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: chickadee

Oh they didn’t really suggest the ‘endowment’ is to be made by public money !??? Whaaat ?

All endowments I know of have been privately put together as donations to particular schools. So, if someone is CRAZY enough to gift $5B of their own money in order to keep the propaganda machine going, fine.

Not a dime of taxpayer money should go into creating ‘non-profits’. I’m not sure you could squeeze creating companies under the commerce clause either.


10 posted on 01/28/2009 4:21:16 AM PST by farlander (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What do they care? OPM!


11 posted on 01/28/2009 4:27:11 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Confidential to MSM: "Better Red than Read" is a failed business model.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Do we need a print edition of NPR and PBS?
12 posted on 01/28/2009 4:30:53 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Somewhere In Kenya, A Village Is Missing It's Idiot)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
An op-ed in the New York Times suggests turning the paper into a non-profit.

Mission Accomplished

13 posted on 01/28/2009 4:32:32 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Somewhere In Kenya, A Village Is Missing It's Idiot)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What is this Grandpa?
Its called a newspaper. Its how we used to get our news!

Pray for America, Our Troops and Obama’s Guidance


14 posted on 01/28/2009 4:49:16 AM PST by bray (Time to organize a Rebel Republican Party around Palin)
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To: aviator

“As long as it’s not my tax money. Let the Libs put up their own....”

Not to be rude, but when was the last time that the libs put up their own money for anything? They believe in funding things as long as they use someone else’s money. Federal tax dollars fund ACORN, Public Television (DNC-TV), abortion, affirmative action, social services/welfare for illegals. I can see them applying to the National Endowment for the Humanities (http://www.neh.gov/) for NYT money.


15 posted on 01/28/2009 4:51:31 AM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee

Very true.Pinch should try a little pillow talk- Caroline
could you lend me......


16 posted on 01/28/2009 4:58:39 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Why didn’t the buggy whip makers think of this?

If they had, and the Congress of the day had been stupid enough and corrupt enough to establish a buggy whip bailout, we would still be stuck driving horse-and-carriages.

17 posted on 01/28/2009 5:14:40 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: 6SJ7
Eco friendly buggy whips,
no more willow sticks!

I can hear the chanting.

18 posted on 01/28/2009 5:18:24 AM PST by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
From the editorial itself:
One constraint on an endowed institution is the prohibition in the same law against trying to “influence legislation” or “participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.” While endowed newspapers would need to refrain from endorsing candidates for public office, they would still be free to participate forcefully in the debate over issues of public importance.

In other words: they would still try to “influence legislation” and “participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates,” only now they would do it even less on the "editorial" pages and even more in "straight news" sections.

19 posted on 01/28/2009 5:23:54 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
From what I hear, if their sales get much lower, they won't need a government program, they'll need a “going out of business” sale. They are rapidly approaching “nonprofit” status as we speak. I intend to continue supporting the impending “nonprofit status” of the New York Times by doing what I've always done - not buying their worthless rag.
20 posted on 01/28/2009 5:27:04 AM PST by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: 6SJ7

“we would still be stuck driving horse-and-carriages. “

But they would now be environmentally friendly carriages and be built by a diverse workforce.


21 posted on 01/28/2009 5:29:28 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I can't wait for January 20, 2013")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

So then they would be fair and balanced like NPR. /s


22 posted on 01/28/2009 5:43:49 AM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Question: who's going to give the New York Times that US$5 billion endowment? Even Lefty financiers like Warren Buffett and George Soros aren't going to put that much money into what amounts to a giveaway just to support this paper.
23 posted on 01/28/2009 5:53:18 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I hope the NYT goes broke. I have done my small part. I returned their request for a subscription to them with a REMOVE THIS NAME FROM YOUR MAILING LIST note and I used their own pre paid envelope. I guess I could have returned a few envelopes empty before stopping them but that seemed excessive.
24 posted on 01/28/2009 5:55:24 AM PST by Ditter
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
An op-ed in the New York Times suggests turning the paper into a non-profit!


25 posted on 01/28/2009 6:06:45 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals or foriegn or domestic terrorists or both?)
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To: Grampa Dave

LOL: nicely done!


26 posted on 01/28/2009 6:23:02 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: gusopol3

“so, it would be a lot like Pravda under USSR?”

It has already accomplished that distinction on its way to bankruptcy.


27 posted on 01/28/2009 6:30:11 AM PST by billhilly
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To: abb
Let's "save" the company that made the Yugo

- poor car company couldn't make it because they put out crappy cars.

With enough taxpayer dollars they could put out cars NO ONE WANTS forever. This is the same.

28 posted on 01/28/2009 7:08:08 AM PST by GOPJ (Corrupt business decisions get bailed-out. Why should I play by the rules?FReeper-pierrem15)
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To: aviator
"As long as it’s not my tax money. Let the Libs put up their own...."

I hear "bailout" sounds coming from the rats by the weekend. Along with that word, and 10 billion, they'll use words like 'historical', 'vital', 'heart and soul', and 'national treasure' to soften up the hearts of patriots to convince them to agree to bailing out the NYT with taxpayers money which will never be paid back because of the other word "forgivable" slipped into the bill but not mentioned to the public.

What's another 5 billion. We'll just defer it until our great grandchildren are entering the slave... er job markets.

29 posted on 01/28/2009 7:14:36 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Grampa Dave
I was at the grocery Monday here in central Indiana and there was a brand-new, fancy cardboard display with "official New York Times Obama commemorative Inaugual edition" papers on sale in plastic sleeves.

I am please to say that it looked like not one had been purchased.

30 posted on 01/28/2009 7:48:19 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: DuncanWaring
I hear there's a guy, can't recall his name exactly, Markoff or Madouf or something like that, cranks out 12% a year.

Meh, Slim is getting an 11-13% dividend return from the NYT for his 250 mil.

31 posted on 01/28/2009 8:40:47 AM PST by MovementConservative (Oregon Ducks 42, Oklahoma St. Cowboys 31)
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To: abb; Milhous; SierraWasp; tubebender; Liz; martin_fierro; BOBTHENAILER

Somehow my pings fell out during the posting on this reply.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2173322/posts?page=25#25


32 posted on 01/28/2009 9:31:17 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals or foriegn or domestic terrorists or both?)
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To: Miss Marple

“I was at the grocery Monday here in central Indiana and there was a brand-new, fancy cardboard display with “official New York Times Obama commemorative Inaugual edition” papers on sale in plastic sleeves.”

“I am please to say that it looked like not one had been purchased.”

Double good news:

#1. Even the liberals didn’t want to buy it.

#2. That had to cost the Ny Slimes a lot of money, which they don’t have a lot of.


33 posted on 01/28/2009 9:33:25 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals or foriegn or domestic terrorists or both?)
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To: Grampa Dave; NormsRevenge; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; budwiesest; dalereed; ...
Here's some even better material for possible posting!!! You decide!!!
I gotta run for awhile...
34 posted on 01/28/2009 9:43:57 AM PST by SierraWasp (The Jim Jones of the 21st Century is now POTUS!!! Premier 0bama the illegitimate!!!)
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To: Grampa Dave

I still say the beginning of the end came when Punch’s assinine judgement became apparent when he advanced Jayson Blair to a top spot at the NYT.

Blair proceeded to fake stories-—writing about events from a coffee shop, as if he was there.

Punch’s “tolerance and compassion” turned the NYT into a business flop.


35 posted on 01/28/2009 10:23:40 AM PST by Liz (The right to be left alone is the beginning of freedom. USSC Justice William O. Douglas)
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To: Grampa Dave
I'll give you a boost:

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

THE SINKING OF THE USSR NEW YORK TIMES

36 posted on 01/28/2009 11:06:59 AM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: conservativeharleyguy
they won't need a government program, they'll need a “going out of business” sale.

What is it with liberals and bankruptcy? Air America in the toilet, now newspapers- most of which are pure liberal rags sinking fast. Isn't the Free Market blind to ideology? Is success that unattainable by liberals in all things? This doesn't sound like the Midas touch.

Consequently, given Obysmal's election to president, I'd say we are in serious jeapordy of becoming a nation gone bankrupt.

Without a subsidy, America can't exist- no different than NPR and other subsidized businesses.

37 posted on 01/28/2009 2:10:44 PM PST by budwiesest (The do-it-over administration: "Care to repeat this election in six months?")
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To: BOBTHENAILER; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp
I have a mental image of that sucker circling the toilet bowl for awhile before it goes down the drain broadside. I think I saw Maureen Dowd leading the band on deck...
38 posted on 01/28/2009 2:11:03 PM PST by tubebender (Your Tag Line offends me...)
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To: budwiesest; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER

Hey! That prick and his crowd won’t be happy till American is just another run-of-the-mill country!!!


39 posted on 01/28/2009 2:15:54 PM PST by SierraWasp (The Jim Jones of the 21st Century is now POTUS!!! Premier 0bama the illegitimate!!!)
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To: tubebender

Wouldn’t that be grand, Maureen down fist, followed by the putrid scraps of paper left over.


40 posted on 01/28/2009 3:08:38 PM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: tubebender

We know what floats to the top and is flushed down, last.


41 posted on 01/28/2009 4:11:56 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals or foriegn or domestic terrorists or both?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Just let Yale put up $5 billion from its own shrinking endowment for this purpose —— move the Times staff to New Haven and re-brand it as the “New Haven Times”......

It would be a great extra-curricular activity for all the young Yale liberals who could displace a lot of the expensive “professional” journalists.......

A great educational move for Yale!


42 posted on 01/28/2009 4:32:17 PM PST by Enchante (What the Demagogues Call "bi-partisanship" is RINO Grovelling)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
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43 posted on 01/28/2009 4:33:36 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

WOW.


44 posted on 01/28/2009 4:38:09 PM PST by fatima
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To: SierraWasp
Hey man!, Subsidies for everyone! That's how socialists roll! "Can't make it on profits alone? Let the taxpayer pick up the tab, bitch! (/dave chappel)."

"Subscriptions?/donations?/graft down? ('cept in Chicago), not to worry- we can still tap the taxpayer, fool!" /Mr. T

"America has already become so socialist I'd like to shove my boot up it's ass."/budwiesest

"Look, if we didn't have a crony at Treasury, we'd never convince the useful idiots to pay the taxes we need to implement our socialist plan." /Step and Fetch It

"Blagojovich got caught trying to sell a senate seat. I'm selling the country and I ain't gettin' caught!" /Kingfish Obama

"It's no longer the party of the working man, it's the party of the non-working man." "Democracy has met it's match."/budwiesest

45 posted on 01/28/2009 10:54:00 PM PST by budwiesest (The do-it-over administration: "Care to repeat this election in six months?")
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To: gusopol3

“All the news that fits the agenda of our socialist masters, we’ll print.”

Of course, that’s more or less their motto right now anyway.


46 posted on 01/29/2009 6:25:14 AM PST by mike-zed
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The NYTimes is already not-for-profit.

It’s just unintentional.


47 posted on 01/29/2009 6:35:13 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: budwiesest; Grampa Dave; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dalereed; tubebender; NormsRevenge; BOBTHENAILER
"It's no longer the party of the working man, it's the party of the non-working man." "Democracy has met it's match."/budwiesest

What a profoundly truthful statement, budman!!! Power to the BUDMAN!!

48 posted on 01/29/2009 11:48:24 AM PST by SierraWasp (The Jim Jones of the 21st Century is now POTUS!!! Premier 0bama the illegitimate!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; SierraWasp; abb

Just Awful...but not surprising.


49 posted on 01/29/2009 12:21:51 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Because the electorate hadn’t been dumbed down enough in those days.


50 posted on 01/29/2009 12:23:26 PM PST by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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