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Rocky Mountain News publishes final edition
Yahoo ^ | 2-27-9 | CATHERINE TSAI

Posted on 02/27/2009 7:04:03 AM PST by Redbob

DENVER – Questions about the future of the Rocky Mountain News had become so common, the newspaper's staff put up a handwritten paper sign on the news desk that said, "We don't know."

On Thursday, someone wrote over it in heavy black marker: "Now we know."

Colorado's oldest newspaper, which launched in Denver in 1859, printed its last edition Friday, leaving The Denver Post as the only daily newspaper in town.

Since 2001, the News has shared business operations with The Denver Post in a joint operating agreement between Scripps and The Post's owner, MediaNews Group Inc.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: deathwatch; dinosaurmedia; media; newspapers; notbreakingnews; rockymountainnews; scripps; solong; theend; victory; waronerror
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Another one bites the dust.
1 posted on 02/27/2009 7:04:03 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Redbob

I smell another bailout.


2 posted on 02/27/2009 7:08:01 AM PST by henkster (0bamanomics: "I'll loan you all the money you need to get out of debt.")
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To: Redbob

This all about content.


3 posted on 02/27/2009 7:10:08 AM PST by Broker ( Pakikisama)
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To: Redbob
rocky
4 posted on 02/27/2009 7:10:30 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Good riddance to another foul smelling rag.


5 posted on 02/27/2009 7:11:23 AM PST by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: Redbob

“Sniff you jerks later”


6 posted on 02/27/2009 7:12:35 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA: Worst. President. Ever.)
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To: Redbob

It will be sorely missed. Ha!


7 posted on 02/27/2009 7:13:53 AM PST by Piquaboy
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To: Redbob

Rot in Hell Liberal fish wrap....


8 posted on 02/27/2009 7:15:26 AM PST by Bell407Pilot (Bigger Flare, Level with Forward Cyclic, Raise Collective to Cushion.......)
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To: Professor_Leonide

The Rocky wasn’t half bad. Too bad it croaked instead of the Denver Post.


9 posted on 02/27/2009 7:16:03 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Redbob
Tough rocks.

Leni

10 posted on 02/27/2009 7:16:40 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Bell407Pilot

So... I’m guessing by the gneral tone of the comments that it won’t be much missed?

Am I interpreting these remarks correctly?
LOL!


11 posted on 02/27/2009 7:16:46 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: dirtboy

Exactly.

FReegards


12 posted on 02/27/2009 7:17:19 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: dirtboy

True, but there are too many small and poorly run newspapers out there. This is just a time of contraction, people.

In the 1890-1910 time period, New York City had 6 newspapers.


13 posted on 02/27/2009 7:17:41 AM PST by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: MileHi

Hey, MileHi, how are you doing?


14 posted on 02/27/2009 7:19:21 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Professor_Leonide
True, but there are too many small and poorly run newspapers out there.

The Rocky got hosed by the Post with the JOA. Same thing happened to the conservative Tulsa Tribune when they entered into a JOA with the liberal Tulsa World.

15 posted on 02/27/2009 7:20:19 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Redbob

Hey Rocky, how is that “Better Red Than Read” plan working out for you?


16 posted on 02/27/2009 7:23:28 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs)
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To: Professor_Leonide
Did not New York have about 6 papers in the early 1960’s. I remember a famous newspaper strike and after the strike about 3 papers went out of business. Is that correct?
17 posted on 02/27/2009 7:26:17 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: dirtboy

Doing well, hunkering down.


18 posted on 02/27/2009 7:38:04 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Redbob

The gloating here on FR is disgusting.

I thought we celebrate the Bill of Rights — right to bear arms and all that?

A free press is in the Bill of Rights, too, folks. The Founders recognized and protected its worth. With the direction this government is headed now, you may find out the hard way how much you need it.

Newspapers are a victim of the same principle that reduced the demand for carbon paper and saddlery. Don’t pat yourselves on the back thinking that right-wingers put newspapers out of business.

Every time a print publication closes its doors, we lose an outlet to criticize and keep government in check. They did it (to howls of dismay from the left) to Bill & Monica, and those that remain will hound the big O.

Sad day for Colorado. Let’s hope the Chicago presses keep running, because we need them.


19 posted on 02/27/2009 7:39:11 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: NonValueAdded

It seems that the liberal media just doesn’t comprehend what the people want. In addition they will continue to attempt to shove liberalism down our throats until they go broke doing so. That’s fine with me. Democrats take note. Your fate is in the making.


20 posted on 02/27/2009 7:40:27 AM PST by chainsaw (The Democrat Party=The Party of Corruption,tax evasion & Racism.)
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To: Jedidah

We sure don’t need a gang of “free press” that is all in lock step with each other and only with one political party. NOT a sad day for anyone.


21 posted on 02/27/2009 7:43:32 AM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: Redbob

Dead Tree Media goes out of business? Who would have thunk it?


22 posted on 02/27/2009 7:44:50 AM PST by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: Professor_Leonide

Even with its recent slide to the left, Denver will be worse off without the Rocky. The Post is the one that should have been killed. The truth of the matter is that Scripps didn’t want to save the Rocky. They could have buried the Post back in the 90s but didn’t.


23 posted on 02/27/2009 7:45:44 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Jedidah
The gloating here on FR is disgusting.

I thought we celebrate the Bill of Rights — right to bear arms and all that?

You confuse a free press with newspapers.

The Rocky has been collectivist fish-wrap for over twent-five years.


24 posted on 02/27/2009 7:49:31 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, O YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Jedidah
If it were true, what you said, then it would be sad.

However, those filthy rags, and their owners and editors have only two things in mind;Elect a democrat at all costs, on all ballots, and turn this country into a socialist utopia. News be damned, truth be damned, vilify and obfuscate, sort opinions from news, and flush actual news or slant it in their favor. Screw them, and their ilk.

25 posted on 02/27/2009 7:50:31 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Jedidah

/jaw drop
/boggle

What reality do you exist in?

It’s hard for me to comprehend the effort it must take to have remained completely blind and deaf to the world around you.


26 posted on 02/27/2009 7:52:20 AM PST by myself6 (.)
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To: Jedidah

I think you miss the problem completely. We also have free choice to read what want and spend our money as we see fit. It has nothing to do with the Free press. They are free to continue printing something nobody wants.


27 posted on 02/27/2009 7:53:24 AM PST by chainsaw (The Democrat Party=The Party of Corruption,tax evasion & Racism.)
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To: Redbob

Isn’t someone supposed the trademark “Dinosaur Media Deathwatch” or something like that?


28 posted on 02/27/2009 7:53:27 AM PST by Dacula (You are where you are by the choices you make)
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To: Jedidah
Every time a print publication closes its doors, we lose an outlet to criticize and keep government in check. They did it (to howls of dismay from the left) to Bill & Monica, and those that remain will hound the big O.

Something else will rise from the ashes, most likely on the Internet. We do not need "gatekeepers" of information, especially when those self-proclaimed "gatekeepers" can't be trusted to do the right (or American) thing. And as far as the Bill of Rights is concerned, the media only cares about this document when it suits their needs. They'll do their jobs in hyper-drive when a Republican admin is in office or the GOP controls Congress. But when the Dems are in charge, forget about it. They happily sit by and watch the country circle the bowl, because they agree with the steps being taken to "fix" the problems. Sorry, no sympathy here.

29 posted on 02/27/2009 7:55:17 AM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Kenyan Keynesian will bankrupt this nation.)
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To: Professor_Leonide

The larger and remaining paper in Denver is more left leaning.


30 posted on 02/27/2009 8:00:01 AM PST by lucias_clay
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To: Jedidah
In my opinion, printed media is disappearing due to both “creative destruction” (alternative sources) AND pervasive liberal content and bias (which alienates at least half of its potential audience). There are PLENTY of alternate news and opinion sources, some of which are quite new and fresh (such as Internet news and satellite radio). Free speech will not disappear — that is, unless we allow the fascists take full control. IMHO, there will be blood in the streets before that happens.
31 posted on 02/27/2009 8:00:11 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (The inmates are now officially running the asylum.)
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To: Jedidah

Stuff and nonsense. The gloating is not about the death of an organ of free speech as others have commented, any more than it would be if we were gladdened that a person who spoke twisted truths was heard no more. We upheld their right to be heard by not firebombing their offices and by maintaining the system of law that would punish such actions. No further support is owed to a particular speaker.

Put another way, you confuse the Bill of Rights with a license to lie, distort and mislead, free from criticism and free from the forces of the market place of ideas (and technology).


32 posted on 02/27/2009 8:05:30 AM PST by JewishRighter
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To: potlatch


33 posted on 02/27/2009 8:14:21 AM PST by devolve (-- It's not like Hussein is a confessed cokehead --)
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To: Professor_Leonide

Folks, it’s not just liberal papers in peril...

Conservative papers have lost viewership and advertising, sometimes at a FASTER rate.

The libertarian paper I write for is okay right now, but it is tight and still a bit scary. This is not just a liberal paper issue. Often center-right papers like the Washington Times already have smaller circulations anyway, so any drop will have a greater impact.

The Internet, the economy.....everything is coming together for a perfect storm.


34 posted on 02/27/2009 8:14:33 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

The problem is, conservative papers are doing just as bad or even worse.

The only reason my economically conservative paper is doing okay is that they run a ship so tight you barely any anything budgeted for office supplies.


35 posted on 02/27/2009 8:18:42 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Jedidah

we need free presses...true

but we don’t have that anymore, nearly all of them are collaborators


36 posted on 02/27/2009 8:32:10 AM PST by wardaddy (I feel like a Boer but this time white northern liberals are playing the English)
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To: Jedidah
"The gloating here on FR is disgusting."

You seem to be missing something. The point of all the gloating is not that we are losing our first amendment, but rather that the liberal main stream media LIBERAL MSM is losing SOME influence. Every little bit helps.

The fact that the liberal press has and continues to greatly influence public opinion toward liberalism, and away from conservative principles, is not at all a loss to conservativsm.

We still have a voice, at least for now, but it sure as heck is not promoted by any newspaper that is run by liberals.

37 posted on 02/27/2009 8:35:26 AM PST by Designer (We are SO scrood!)
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To: devolve

Back to the horse and ‘buggy’ days. My newspaper seems to be holding on. In mid size towns where you tend to know a lot of people, you are more apt to want to keep up with local news.


38 posted on 02/27/2009 8:46:35 AM PST by potlatch
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To: JewishRighter

We need to figure out how to do this to network TV News. Fox is owned 10 or 15% with Saudi money. The rest are just as bad. They killed us in 008 and are killing us now with their messiah fawning.


39 posted on 02/27/2009 8:47:40 AM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Jedidah
Jedidah: The gloating here on FR is disgusting. I thought we celebrate the Bill of Rights

You've got a great point, but I'll bet you're taking a drubbing here Jed!

True, all the MSM is lefties, true all they're interested in doing is electing Democrats.

However, but all us NRA'ers are righties, and all we're interested in is electing, well, conservatives (not RINOs.)

When it gets to the point that we want the Press to go out of business because they want us to lose our guns, then the "Bill of Rights" has really lost its meaning. The point of the Constitution was as a pact that we'd defend each other's rights to say/do something we disagreed with (we'd defend their right to be anti-gun, and they'd defend our right to be anti-communist.) Turned out to be a suicide pact after all.

40 posted on 02/27/2009 8:49:00 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Redbob
boo-Hoo...another LIBERAL MEDIA is DEFUNCT!!! What a SAD DAY.../s

Chilling CHAMPAGNE for when I hear that the OLD GREY LADY will finally die!!

41 posted on 02/27/2009 8:53:11 AM PST by NoMarxist2010 (Rush: I hope he fails meant Rush wants Obama's SOCIALISTIC PROGRAMS to fail.)
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To: sam_paine

Don’t worry — I can take it. In fact, I thoroughly enjoy making others think.

This is not a time to be soft, either in body or mind, and some of the knee-jerk blabber by both right and left needs to be challenged.

If we truly do believe in the Constitution, in the rights it protects and the principles it advances, then we must defend all of it, not just what suits us at the moment.


42 posted on 02/27/2009 8:54:54 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
In fact, I thoroughly enjoy making others think.

LOL! Where do you do that?

Posting a contrary opinion on FR usually just makes a stink instead of making people think.

43 posted on 02/27/2009 9:00:06 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: rwfromkansas
"Conservative papers have lost viewership and advertising.."

Conservative papers? Plural? Really? Can you name one?

I subscribe to a conservative periodical, and I might allow as to the possibility that there are several, but the last conservative paper I saw was a student paper back in the seventies that was hounded out of existance by the liberal majority at the university. The leftists called and threatened the advertisers until there wasn't any more income. They had to close.

44 posted on 02/27/2009 9:02:01 AM PST by Designer (We are SO scrood!)
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To: potlatch

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Unfortunately even your paper’s Letter To Mr. Ed are increasingly infected with crazy lying Socialists

I believe this will radically increase as Hussein the Unhung has funded hordes of radical propangandists in his Reparations & Wagyu Steak Bill


45 posted on 02/27/2009 9:08:07 AM PST by devolve (-- It*s not like Hussein is a confessed cokehead --)
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To: sam_paine

Resolved: that sam_paine and jedidah will think through the stink!

(And thanks for the grin.)


46 posted on 02/27/2009 9:10:31 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
"The gloating here on FR is disgusting."

I smile a bit everytime a Deadtree media source goes out of business. Not because I want to see Free Speech die or people put out of work instead I smile because I know market forces are forcing out wasteful enterprises.

Dead Tree Media is slow and mostly stale by the time it hits the streets, not to mention the clossal waste of time , money and energy cutting and transporting dead tress around to make waste that ends up in a landfill.

Deadtree media will go the way of the buggy whip. Its not needed anymore with the internet and 3G communications filling the bill.

47 posted on 02/27/2009 9:13:54 AM PST by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: devolve
[increasingly infected with crazy lying Socialists]

Yes, we have a lot of back and forth. Many of the most vocal are actually from tiny surrounding towns. One day it may be all pro Obama and then the retaliation comes. Can only write a letter to the Editor once a month.

I gave up posting on their forum, can't change their minds about anything and you get lambasted with lies.

48 posted on 02/27/2009 9:14:53 AM PST by potlatch
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To: Mad Dawgg

I agree with you, mostly. But then the scaredy side of my brain starts thinking about EMP attacks and how we would live and communicate if we were suddenly deprived of technology.


49 posted on 02/27/2009 9:17:27 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: Redbob

We ought to have a memorial with the final day scans of the front pages of these papers as they die.


50 posted on 02/27/2009 9:52:03 AM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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