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Troubled San Francisco paper in danger of closing [San Francisco Chronicle is dying]
AP ^ | 2009-02-24

Posted on 02/25/2009 12:41:41 PM PST by rabscuttle385

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Chronicle joined the lengthening list of imperiled newspapers Tuesday as its owner set out to purge the payroll and slash other expenses in a last-ditch effort to reverse years of heavy losses.

If it can't reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks, the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle, northern California's largest newspaper with a paid weekday circulation of 339,430.

Hearst didn't specify a savings target nor a deadline for wringing out the expenses. A Hearst spokesman didn't immediately respond to messages Tuesday.

But management made it clear that the cost-cutting will require a significant number of layoffs.

"Our current situation dictates that we accomplish these cost savings quickly," Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega wrote in a memo to the staff. "Business as usual is no longer an option."

(Excerpt) Read more at biz.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bho44; democrats; dncmedia; enemedia; failure; hearst; liberalmedia; mediawingofthednc; msm; obamalegacy; obamasfault; obamedia; propagandawingofdnc; sfchronicle

1 posted on 02/25/2009 12:41:41 PM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: abb

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2 posted on 02/25/2009 12:41:53 PM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

You mean Mark Morford is going to have to turn burgers for the great unwashed in order to make his bills? Oh please! PLEEEEEASE!


3 posted on 02/25/2009 12:45:44 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: rabscuttle385

“If it can’t reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks, the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle, northern California’s largest newspaper with a paid weekday circulation of 339,430.’

They’re all twittering up there now...


4 posted on 02/25/2009 12:49:12 PM PST by jessduntno (The Eye of God (NASA) http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0305/helix03_hst_big.jpg)
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To: rabscuttle385

This is a dreadful paper.


5 posted on 02/25/2009 12:51:13 PM PST by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: jessduntno
Along with the Chronicle story, today's WSJ also reports Marvel Entertainment, publisher of comic books, saw its net more than double over last year's income.
Does anyone see the obvious solution here ?
6 posted on 02/25/2009 12:54:03 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: rabscuttle385

Yeah, I’m all tore up about this.


7 posted on 02/25/2009 12:55:15 PM PST by Obadiah (Party - my house - on December 22, 2012!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Memo to all leftist Obama worshipping propaganda dead tree newspapers:

You have destroyed all your credibility and circulation.

SO DIE ALREADY!


8 posted on 02/25/2009 12:59:15 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Is it bad to want to cheer?


9 posted on 02/25/2009 1:08:55 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: rabscuttle385
Not to worry Freepers. The “Stimulus” package //sarcasm off// will bail out all the propaganda tools of the obama Bolsheviks.
10 posted on 02/25/2009 1:11:50 PM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: rabscuttle385
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Ha-Ha, your medium is dying!
11 posted on 02/25/2009 1:15:25 PM PST by Clay Moore ("Tax fraud is patriotic:" Timothy Geithner)
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To: rabscuttle385

Happy days are here again, the news is full of cheer again,...


12 posted on 02/25/2009 1:20:46 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Welcome to the Obama-Democrat Depression.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You think the Chron should make movies?? “Pulled from the headlines films?”

Marvel (or was it DC?) took out a billion dollar loan to make films. They bet the company on those films! They were Spiderman, X-Men and Fantastic Four.

I think they won their bet. They had mortgaged the whole company and if they had flopped it’d been history


13 posted on 02/25/2009 1:22:04 PM PST by GeronL (Hey, won't you be my Face Book friend??)
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To: rabscuttle385

One of the most horrid newspapers on the face of the earth. No sorrow here.


14 posted on 02/25/2009 1:22:21 PM PST by easternsky
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To: GeronL

The Chronicle could save its own life by printing full page color cartoons.


15 posted on 02/25/2009 1:25:07 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Along with the Chronicle story, today's WSJ also reports Marvel Entertainment, publisher of comic books, saw its net more than double over last year's income. Does anyone see the obvious solution here ?

They should start making big-budget movies about the Chronicle? I don't think that'll work.

16 posted on 02/25/2009 1:26:22 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: GeronL
They bet the company on those films! They were Spiderman, X-Men and Fantastic Four.

Two out of three is a whole lot better than you'll do in Vegas. Of course, then they parlayed that into two more X-Men films, two more Spiderman films, Ironman, and the much-awaited Watchmen.

17 posted on 02/25/2009 1:28:12 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: rabscuttle385

Yeaaaah!


18 posted on 02/25/2009 1:29:25 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: FormerACLUmember

Agree. Why should they be surprised that their decades-long campaign against capitalism, commercial forest use, private property, and fairness in the media would come back to bite them where it hurts? It’s like the Minneapolis paper suing its printer union. Doesn’t the business office communicate with the editorial office?


19 posted on 02/25/2009 1:29:25 PM PST by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“The Chronicle could save its own life by printing full page color cartoons.”

Or the soviet style propaganda pix of Obama. Page after page.


20 posted on 02/25/2009 1:30:30 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: rabscuttle385

Unfortunately there are some legitimate businesses that rely on newspapers and although they do not support these papers’ leftwing politics they will lose customers.


21 posted on 02/25/2009 1:31:05 PM PST by gorilla_warrior
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To: rabscuttle385
Charles Foster Kane: You're right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars *next* year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in... 60 years.

Well, being that the movie was released in 1941, he came pretty close. Only off by 8 years.

22 posted on 02/25/2009 1:31:21 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (today's free oxymoron : CNN News)
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To: ReignOfError

Watchmen looks great. Of course they made Punisher and I think another flop too. But they came out of it great.

I wish it was possible to have a Spiderman series with movie quality, but its not


23 posted on 02/25/2009 1:34:21 PM PST by GeronL (Hey, won't you be my Face Book friend??)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It would be interesting, but its SF. It’d be gay porn cartoons.


24 posted on 02/25/2009 1:35:06 PM PST by GeronL (Hey, won't you be my Face Book friend??)
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To: easternsky
I used to hear that the only reason to get the SF Chronicle was the columnists...but the ones of that era are all dead now. The best-known was Herb Caen. I remember seeing him being interviewed on national TV after the 1989 earthquake (the one that hit just before one of the World Series games was supposed to begin).
25 posted on 02/25/2009 1:37:45 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: rabscuttle385

I must say, playing devils advocate, I can go online and read any newspaper for free, poor liberal jounalism notwithstanding. Before the internet I subscribed to the Washington Times and my local paper. Now I read them both for free online. Doesn’t seem like good business sense to me. Obviously web advert dollars don’t support them. I would be willing to pay a small online fee for good newspapers.


26 posted on 02/25/2009 1:39:37 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Hahahaha...well, technically, they are BOTH works of fiction...


27 posted on 02/25/2009 1:41:07 PM PST by jessduntno (The Eye of God (NASA) http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0305/helix03_hst_big.jpg)
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To: domenad

“Mark Morford”

Absolutely unreadable. It ain’t what he sez, it’s the way what he sez it. I have absolutely no basis for criticizing the substance of what he sez, because for the life of me I’ve never been able to comprehend it. I think he thinks he’s pretty clever, though.


28 posted on 02/25/2009 1:44:56 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: rabscuttle385

Schadenfreude!


29 posted on 02/25/2009 1:46:17 PM PST by StAnDeliver
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To: chris_bdba

Is it bad to wanna to take a whiz on their stock certificates? Considering the damage that Pravda by the Bay has done over the years, I say no to your question and to mine...


30 posted on 02/25/2009 1:47:13 PM PST by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: rabscuttle385

They can’t go out of business soon enough, in my opinion.

I hope the Mercury News is next.

Both are anti-American, anti-family, anti-capitalist tools of our enemies.

Their bias is every bit as blatant in their articles as it is in their editorials.

BANKRUPT the ENEMEDIA!


31 posted on 02/25/2009 1:52:40 PM PST by EasySt ( Fold Here! Fold Now! (Free Republic Folders)
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To: rabscuttle385

Good F’n riddance.


32 posted on 02/25/2009 1:55:46 PM PST by PhiloBedo (I won't be happy until Jet-A is less than $2.00 a gallon)
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To: domenad
man, I would pay to see that..lol
33 posted on 02/25/2009 1:58:15 PM PST by alaskamomma
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To: rabscuttle385
There are many reasons the Koranicle is in trouble.

--It is not reader-friendly. There are too many sections that are about 8 pages each. It's hard to find the sports section without disassembling the entire paper. Do we really need a Wine section?

--The internet/24 hour news channels.

--Blurring the lines between news and opinion.

--Functioning as a cheerleader for reporters/editors' favorite politicians.

Ultimately, the Chron is suffering what has undermined the entire newspaper business: too many people entering journalism who "want to make a difference" instead of a love of writing or because of the excitment of the profession. There is a place for advocacy journalism (Village Voice, Bay Guardian, the gay weeklies) but it has no place in a major daily newspaper. To focus on the far left is a bad business decision.

34 posted on 02/25/2009 2:08:07 PM PST by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the admin moderator.)
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To: rabscuttle385

BYE!


35 posted on 02/25/2009 2:14:50 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: rabscuttle385

Who knew death could be so much fun to watch?


36 posted on 02/25/2009 2:39:39 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Herb Cain was very interesting usually very provocative. They also ran Debra Saunders I think was her name she was good. It was sometime in the early eighties I realized the content was different depending where you lived. they had 5 stars on the front and you might live in a 3 star and get the more Conservative pictures and content do not remember how it worked. they punched out some vile things over the years.


37 posted on 02/25/2009 3:34:42 PM PST by easternsky
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To: GeronL
Marvel (or was it DC?) took out a billion dollar loan to make films. They bet the company on those films!

Wasn't that because Stan Lee was rolled for all he was worth by Hillary Clinton? Wasn't that what the whole Peter Paul thing was about?

-PJ

38 posted on 02/25/2009 3:39:18 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: rabscuttle385
They should be following the philosophy of their fellow Socialists by quadrupling their spending. That should fix their problem.
39 posted on 02/25/2009 4:33:18 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (The inmates are now officially running the asylum.)
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To: rabscuttle385

burn, baby burn ........

Chronicle that.


40 posted on 02/25/2009 8:52:24 PM PST by Fresno (Go Dogs!!!)
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To: PhiloBedo

With all due respect, th SF Chrolicle was a terrific paper when it was owned by the Theriot family. Their columnist lineup included Herb Caen, Charles McCabe, Ron Fimrite, Stan Delaplane, Art Hoppe and many others. This formerly great paper was destroyed when Hearst took it over and installed its own editorial staff. End of paper.


41 posted on 02/25/2009 9:15:49 PM PST by formerlymike70
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To: rabscuttle385
San Francisco Chronicle's opinion: Recession is Good for the Planet.
Bu-bye, SF Chronicle!
 
42 posted on 03/12/2009 8:09:05 AM PDT by counterpunch (Kenya has two presidents. America has Zero.)
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