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Philadelphia "inquirer" and "Daily News" File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Philadelphia local TV | 23 February 2009

Posted on 02/22/2009 9:24:50 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ

Breaking news on Philadelphia local TV - Philadelphia "Inquirer" and "Daily News" are filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - company says papers will continue to publish, filing is to retire debt primarily -


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KEYWORDS: bankruptcy; deathwatch; dinomedia; newspapers
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What's the phrase - MSM dinosaur deathwatch?!?......
1 posted on 02/22/2009 9:24:50 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Intolerant in NJ
LOL!


2 posted on 02/22/2009 9:27:08 PM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2191750/posts


3 posted on 02/22/2009 9:29:31 PM PST by theanonymouslurker
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To: wastedyears

This is a good trend that I hope to see more of. Our Depression is not completely without some positive aspects and it would be a shame to have to endure one without a few of these rays of progress to brighten up the otherwise bleak outlook.


4 posted on 02/22/2009 9:29:37 PM PST by TCats
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To: TCats

I know it’s not a popular view around here but local newspapers going down isn’t all good. There’s no better source to get local news and no better medium to follow around corrupt local politicos that the national media doesn’t care about.


5 posted on 02/22/2009 9:34:07 PM PST by Borges
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To: Intolerant in NJ; Grampa Dave; abb

Ping...


6 posted on 02/22/2009 9:40:31 PM PST by tubebender (UTAH where you set your clocks back 20 years...)
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To: Borges

What you say is true. The media as the “5th estate” is necessary. The Op-Ed took over reporting “Front Page” facts. As soon as they get back to the facts, they get their viability back.


7 posted on 02/22/2009 9:42:32 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Intolerant in NJ
I predict a liberal media bailout in Porkulus 1, 2,3 or 4. This would ordinarily be outrageous... government support for the “Independent Press”. However I don't think many people care anymore.
8 posted on 02/22/2009 9:46:37 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Intolerant in NJ

The L.A. Times isn’t too far behind. What a joy when that rag goes. They actually sent me a subscription request a few days ago...I took great pleasure in writing my response and sending it back in their business reply mail.


9 posted on 02/22/2009 9:47:23 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Borges
“There’s no better source to get local news and no better medium to follow around corrupt local politicos that the national media doesn't care about.”

Agree that there is a need for this level of coverage. The very positive aspect of the Media in the 21st Century is the removal of barriers to entry. The stranglehold of the Established Media is being broken and the voids created by the collapse of the print will be filled with National and Niche players.

I'm not worried about a lack of coverage. In fact I think the new structure will enable more complete and intensive coverage that heretofore was excluded due to these barriers.

Hope I'm right in my assessment.

10 posted on 02/22/2009 9:53:13 PM PST by TCats
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To: Borges

Doesn’t Philly have an Examiner?? I bet they do.

These papers do a pretty good job of covering local news here in Maryland. I’m in the Baltimore burbs and they even have a section that caters to news in my region.

Search for the Examiner online. If you have it, find out where they have boxes to pick up the paper. They’re FREE.

I can get all the news I want off the internet, but I was actually raised on the Philadelphia Daily News. They did a great job with sports and I was a big Flyers and Sixers fan when I was a kid.

I think these kind of web driven newspapers like the Examiner are going to be the wave of the future if you like your news in print and on paper ~ I STILL DO.

I’m also fortunate to have the Washington Times down my way and can pick them up on the news stands, but who has the time to shuffle through a whole newspaper everyday now.

These left wing dinosaurs have done themselves in. They deserve to be unemployed. Along with the unions, special interests and education system they have transformed this nation into the USSA.


11 posted on 02/22/2009 9:54:19 PM PST by incredulous joe ("It's psychedelic pandemonium!!" ~ Captain Lou Albano)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Hang in ther! It won’t be long before that traitor stink rag, the New York Times will finally be putting it’s turncoat yellow belly up in the air! I’ll have a party the day the wrecking balls start knocking that plague rat traitors concrete rat warren down.


12 posted on 02/22/2009 9:56:00 PM PST by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: Intolerant in NJ
bankruptcy
13 posted on 02/22/2009 9:57:38 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Borges
There’s no better source to get local news and no better medium to follow around corrupt local politicos that the national media doesn’t care about.

We have one local paper in Houston and it doesn't meet your criteria.

14 posted on 02/22/2009 10:07:51 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: Borges
There’s no better source to get local news and no better medium to follow around corrupt local politicos that the national media doesn’t care about.

Except they cover for their buddies, and local news has been pretty well supplanted by wire reports or joint agreements with local TV stations.

15 posted on 02/22/2009 10:11:39 PM PST by PAR35
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To: abb; Milhous

Ping


16 posted on 02/22/2009 10:27:57 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Who is now in charge of the "Office of the President-Elect"?)
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To: eyedigress

**The media as the “5th estate” is necessary.**
The Print press can no longer be the Constitutional Watchdog, as they have become the political LAPDOG.

The Press has lost the ability to tell the difference between Opinion and FACT. With 2 Bankruptcies to prove it.

I call for TALK RADIO to be the People’s Constitutional Watchdog.


17 posted on 02/22/2009 10:48:08 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (WE THE PEOPLE Demand TALK RADIO to be our 1st Amendment MEDIA WATCHDOG!!!)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

This is one story that deserves multiple postings! ;-)


18 posted on 02/23/2009 1:30:45 AM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: incredulous joe; Owl_Eagle
"These papers do a pretty good job of covering local news here in Maryland. I’m in the Baltimore burbs and they even have a section that caters to news in my region."

The Examiner in Baltimore stopped publication on Feb 15.

Philadelphia has the Bulletin back for a year or so now. It was a far better paper than the Daily News tabloid. The Inquirer put it out of business because they had more Sunday sales where all the profit was made. The Bulletin had more circulation during the week because it was a better paper, didn't save it from going under like most afternoon papers.

19 posted on 02/23/2009 1:44:36 AM PST by Eagles2003
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To: eyedigress
The media as the “5th estate” is necessary.

The '5th estate', yes. Too bad today's papers are more a '5th column'.

20 posted on 02/23/2009 3:51:27 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: Borges
I know it’s not a popular view around here but local newspapers going down isn’t all good. There’s no better source to get local news and no better medium to follow around corrupt local politicos that the national media doesn’t care about.

I'd like to see local newspaper people around the country attempt to publish strictly local papers. There's one near me. They follow sports, city council, school board, crime, entertainment, etc.

21 posted on 02/23/2009 4:03:58 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Intolerant in NJ

bttt


22 posted on 02/23/2009 4:04:59 AM PST by bmwcyle (The end is near and this time I mean it. Get right with JESUS NOW!)
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To: Borges; eyedigress; TCats; incredulous joe; FreePaul; PAR35; Dr. Scarpetta
I know it’s not a popular view around here but local newspapers going down isn’t all good. There’s no better source to get local news and no better medium to follow around corrupt local politicos that the national media doesn’t care about.

This is a tactical victory in a strategic loss...a symptom of American illiteracy and reliance on national soundbytes rather than local news and in-depth analysis.

Some shallow FReepers will just blindly cheer it, though, like clueless passengers of the Titanic who stop and listen to the lovely music from the band. But libs are fine, since the sooner newspapers go down, the quicker media control is tightened by the left.

The Bulletin is great, but their reporting corps couldn't cover if the Inky and DN stopped publishing. Maybe someday... :-)

23 posted on 02/23/2009 4:57:32 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Companies like Jounal Register Corp. are (were) in that niche, and are dying off. Note that these are often more conservative papers, too.


24 posted on 02/23/2009 4:58:00 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Borges

Because local papers have been so good in rooting out corruption in Philly these past few decades!!

/s


25 posted on 02/23/2009 4:58:44 AM PST by Boiling Pots (The Gov't trying to fix the economy is like the Three Stooges trying to fix your plumbing)
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To: Borges

........There’s no better source to get local news .....

That fact while true, is irrelevant. The paper is a business and the cost of providing the local coverage noted exceeds the revenue to purvey it.


26 posted on 02/23/2009 5:05:35 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The original point of America was not to be Europe)
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To: Borges
There’s no better source to get local news and no better medium to follow around corrupt local politicos that the national media doesn’t care about.

That would be fine and dandy IF they actually reported on these corrupt politicians.

But that's where WE come in.

27 posted on 02/23/2009 5:10:55 AM PST by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: Borges
If the Inqie’s coverage of the Democrats in Philadelphia is any example, then good riddance. Coverage and propaganda are not the same. The Inqie is little more than propaganda.

If there is a market for local coverage, other newspapers will emerge. If they are intelligent free-marketers, they will present the news in a more objective manner and will be able to maintain a market.

28 posted on 02/23/2009 5:16:06 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (The Stimulus Package: Preamble to the Democrat's new Declaration of In Dependence)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Getting rid of the DBM, one rag at a time....


29 posted on 02/23/2009 5:22:49 AM PST by Born In America (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful)
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To: Borges

“I know it’s not a popular view around here but local newspapers going down isn’t all good.” IMO Borges, it is what it is, the local news is migrating into a different medium, the noozpaper business is not the end all for journalism and if they only manage to survive by being on the taxpayer’s tab...they should be gone. BTW, this is called reality aka market forces aka creative distruction.


30 posted on 02/23/2009 5:30:05 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Intolerant in NJ

The Philadelphia Enquirer? Is that the main lib rag there? Chris Mathews laughingly quipped, when someone cited Philadelphia’s paper is an unbiased news source: “HA!!!! About the only paper more liberal in America is the Baltimore Sun-and that’s saying something!!!”


31 posted on 02/23/2009 5:31:24 AM PST by icwhatudo
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To: Intolerant in NJ
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32 posted on 02/23/2009 5:38:40 AM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: Eagles2003

Dag, I thought that it was just out here in the burbs.

Then again, I don’t know that there are too many in Baltimore city who would readit.

I noticed last year that a lib flavored “free” paper had been placed in competitive markets.

This publication was either out out by the SUN or the City Paper ~ I think? My guess was that it was strategically placed to soak up what little ad revenue the paper had.


33 posted on 02/23/2009 5:38:49 AM PST by incredulous joe ("It's psychedelic pandemonium!!" ~ Captain Lou Albano)
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They have, for many years been boring and predictable. We already know how and why a story might be written. We already know how the story will end. We know who the victim will be and we know who/what the villain will be. Journalists are rather incurious.

Young people don’t read newspapers. They look for entertainment. In general, their educational experience didn’t include critical-thinking, historical perspective, civic knowledge. And those who are somewhat interested have their commandments down. Left=good, care more, victim, global warming/climate change, coffee latte; right=bad, war, villain, guns, corporations/business, meat. Why bother with something they already know.

Anyway, the next generation is not going to read newspapers local or national. We are the last generation to bother with them and papers are losing what left of us. Too bad. Local papers once were the glue of the community.

Any newspaper that gets funding from the government will be just another leftist newsletter — there will be no difference in content than what we get now.


34 posted on 02/23/2009 5:46:58 AM PST by alreadythere
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Good riddance to mouthpieces for leftist liberals! Two more bricks in the Mighty Media Monolith removed!


35 posted on 02/23/2009 5:47:38 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: Gondring

These papers knew they were cutting their own circulation with their propoganda, but they continued to advance their political views over good business sense. They could have adjusted to present a more even-balanced readership and they didn’t because they wanted to advance their politicalk agenda.

They chose their current situation.

The WaPo turned the tide for Webb down in VA with what amounts to millions of dollars in free ad space on the front of their paper in September and October 06. i don’t feel the least bit sorry for their loss of readership.

Some thing else will come up for those who like their news in newsprint.


36 posted on 02/23/2009 5:50:23 AM PST by incredulous joe ("It's psychedelic pandemonium!!" ~ Captain Lou Albano)
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To: incredulous joe
Yet The Washinton Times' circulation is dropping faster than The WaPo's. The ideology claim doesn't hold water.
37 posted on 02/23/2009 5:56:23 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: americanophile

The only thing better than the LA Times failing will be when the NY Times does.


38 posted on 02/23/2009 6:06:41 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Republicans believe every day is July 4th . Democrats believe every day is April 15th ~ Reagan)
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To: Borges

Exactly. I may be biased considering I am a newspaper reporter at present, but having them go down is NOT a good thing.

As much as I would like to see liberal papers, center/libertarian or even conservative papers like the one I work for are hurting as well. It is not just liberal papers that are in trouble.


39 posted on 02/23/2009 6:09:10 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Borges

Bravo!


40 posted on 02/23/2009 6:20:08 AM PST by PurpleMan
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To: Gondring

I would not compare the Wash Times to the WaPo.

WaPo is, for better or worse, considered to be the paper of record in DC. The Times, rightly so, is considered to be a conservative paper.

I know many conservatives who read both.

I would guess, based on my discussion with DC libs, that they would never consider picking up the Times.


41 posted on 02/23/2009 6:20:43 AM PST by incredulous joe ("It's psychedelic pandemonium!!" ~ Captain Lou Albano)
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To: incredulous joe

there is an examiner on line....


42 posted on 02/23/2009 6:24:50 AM PST by HonestConservative (http://www.operationvalentine.blogspot.com/)
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To: Gondring
Yet The Washinton Times' circulation is dropping faster than The WaPo's.

Is the Washington Times in serious financial trouble?

43 posted on 02/23/2009 6:25:32 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: wastedyears

Hopefully The Bulletin will roll on forever!


44 posted on 02/23/2009 6:33:01 AM PST by IbJensen (In 2008, Americans foolishly used their freedom to vote for “chains” not “change.”)
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To: americanophile
". . . I took great pleasure in writing my response and sending it back in their business reply mail."

I get crap from the NY Slimes in the mail and I just send back the BRM empty so they have to pay the postage.

Petty, I know, yet satisfying.

45 posted on 02/23/2009 6:38:40 AM PST by synbad600
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To: incredulous joe
Exactly. Being conservative doesn't allow a paper to grow into the paper of record.

Many Americans are turning to The Daily Show for their news.

46 posted on 02/23/2009 6:39:38 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: rwfromkansas

Forgot the phrase “go down” re: liberal papers. Too early.


47 posted on 02/23/2009 6:45:15 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: FreePaul
We have one local paper in Houston and it doesn't meet your criteria.

What's so bad about our mediaopoly here in Houston? /sarc

48 posted on 02/23/2009 6:52:55 AM PST by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

They are looking for Fast Eddie to bail them out.


49 posted on 02/23/2009 6:56:40 AM PST by HonestConservative (http://www.operationvalentine.blogspot.com/)
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To: Eagles2003

Listen to Chris Freind of the Philadelphia Bulletin:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/HeadingRight/freedom


50 posted on 02/23/2009 6:58:42 AM PST by HonestConservative (http://www.operationvalentine.blogspot.com/)
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