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How the Post Was Lost
NY Times ^ | 8-11-13 | Ross Douthat

Posted on 08/12/2013 10:01:35 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

MANY American newspapers were doomed to decline from the moment the Internet arrived on personal computers. But The Washington Post, just sold off unexpectedly to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, was never really one of them.

This is something the sentimental send-offs for the Graham family and its stewardship tended to ignore. As disruptive as the Internet has been for journalism, The Post was uniquely positioned to succeed amid the chaos. And it has struggled, in part, because the paper’s leaders failed to step into an online-era role that should have been theirs for the taking.

The nature of that role is suggested by a scene in the Thatcher-era British sitcom “Yes, Prime Minister” in which a politician explains who actually reads the British papers.

“The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country,” he tells his aides. “The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country. The Times is read by the people who actually do run the country. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country. The Financial Times is read by people who own the country. The Morning Star” — a paper founded as a Communist organ — “is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country. And The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bezos; business; dinosaurmedia; future; graham; journalism; opinion

1 posted on 08/12/2013 10:01:35 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

For want of the truth the Post was lost.............


2 posted on 08/12/2013 10:06:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

             

3 posted on 08/12/2013 10:08:53 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Did the internet kill print and broadcast media?

Or are its mortal wounds, self-inflicted?

Damn you , Al gore.

No matter, the stench of the leftist media

Will linger on in the form of its carcaii uhh carcasses


4 posted on 08/12/2013 10:09:41 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: tomkat

Now if the NY Slimes would just go away.


5 posted on 08/12/2013 10:10:53 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

THE WASHINGTON POST WAS SOLD FOR A PITTANCE OF WHAT IT WAS ONCE WORTH BECAUSE OF ITS CONTENT... PERIOD... END OF STORY!


6 posted on 08/12/2013 10:11:23 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Seriesly !


7 posted on 08/12/2013 10:13:43 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The NYT, WASH Post, LAT, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC and PBS, etc, etc, are all written/produced for people who wish the country was ruled by the old Soviet Union.


8 posted on 08/12/2013 10:23:34 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Dear New York Slimes, the American Marketplace has spoken. The news media in general and newspapers in particular have not been listening!

Your demise is predicated by your insufferable arrogance. Instead of reporting the truth you pushed your despicable agenda to destroy the world’s last best hope for freedom, thus ensuring your uselessness.

I foresee a rosy future for you in the fish wrapping or birdcage lining business. These will surely upgrade your content.

9 posted on 08/12/2013 10:25:28 AM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A total disregard for the news killed the post.

The NYT is just kept afloat by the shear volume of bird cages in NYC.


10 posted on 08/12/2013 10:26:40 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

THE WASHINGTON POST WAS SOLD FOR A PITTANCE OF WHAT IT WAS ONCE WORTH BECAUSE OF ITS CONTENT...

True, but probably not the only reason. With the Internet now pervasive, all print media are seeing reduced customers. With the country split ideologically, and no conservative ‘national’ newspapers other than the WSJ, it is the leftist papers that are left to fight over their half of a diminishing market. Same in television; Fox has the conservatives and all the others fight over the liberal half.
By the way, do you notice where the best opportunity is? Sorry Fox.


11 posted on 08/12/2013 10:31:16 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We could only wish our press was even half as diverse as the “Yes, Prime Minister” quote would suggest.


12 posted on 08/12/2013 10:34:45 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Old North State

The WSJ is only conservative or libertarian on some issues on one page, the rest is the same kind of crap as the others. It was WSJ reporters who slimed Clarence Thomas.


13 posted on 08/12/2013 10:35:54 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Old North State
By the way, do you notice where the best opportunity is? Sorry Fox.

I've noticed that CNN is showing tinges of balance on occasion. Could it be that they noticed the trajectory of their ratings?

14 posted on 08/12/2013 10:49:01 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; All

FWIW http://digmysite.net/politico.com suggests that Politico is valued around 4 million dollars. If this valuation is even remotely correct, Mr. Douhat’s argument is meaningless.


15 posted on 08/12/2013 11:00:59 AM PDT by pluvmantelo (A Greenie is one distraught knowing that somewhere, someone is living above subsistence level.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
THE WASHINGTON POST WAS SOLD FOR A PITTANCE OF WHAT IT WAS ONCE WORTH BECAUSE OF ITS CONTENT... PERIOD... END OF STORY!

The Wcompost sold for a fraction of its former worth because it's financial value declined precipitously. The reason for this is due to both content AND competition, but its biased reporting has a lot to do with its loss of value.

16 posted on 08/12/2013 11:03:58 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We subscribed to the Post for years (local paper for us), mainly because my wife wanted the “Cooking” section and she also did the crossword every day. My wife passed away in December 2010. One of the first things I did after she died was cancel the subscription.


17 posted on 08/12/2013 11:18:50 AM PDT by W.Lee (It took me a long time to learn my elbow from a hot rock.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hey NYT...check your airspeed and altitude.

You’re not far behind.

And I’m watching with glee in anticipation of your upcoming crash with no survivors.

I’ll have some fries with my burger, ex-journalists.


18 posted on 08/12/2013 11:21:35 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Old North State

“it is the leftist papers that are left to fight over their half of a diminishing market”

Yes and some of them cannot even read cursive.


19 posted on 08/12/2013 11:26:53 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

The last thing big government or anti business democrats know about is THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. These papers are going down the tubes because they lost the paying customers who financially punished these MARXIST MORONS for crapping on this country.


20 posted on 08/12/2013 11:56:30 AM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Look for the Post to make a radical shift to an online paper under the new mangagement, setting off a revolution in the news business for old line papers.

Old line newspapers have tried to adapt to the internet without a whole lot of success because they have failed to commit completely to the new media, maintaining an expensive paper version of their newspaper for an ever dwindling section of the public.

However, the problem he has to solve is that most of us internet browsers don’t want to pay for a subscription to just one or two news outlets. We want to pick and choose between many. Like ebooks, they will have to survive by mass marketing their great news content at a way reduced price.


21 posted on 08/12/2013 12:00:30 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Old North State

The ONLY source of the truth in news today is The Blaze. fox is just slightly better than the rest.

LLS


22 posted on 08/12/2013 1:13:29 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: from occupied ga

Bias is the main factor.

LLS


23 posted on 08/12/2013 1:14:04 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
THE WASHINGTON POST WAS SOLD FOR A PITTANCE OF WHAT IT WAS ONCE WORTH BECAUSE OF ITS CONTENT... PERIOD... END OF STORY!

I tend to disagree, the Post preaches to the beltway choir, and if there is any place in the US that would support their liberal content (outside of NYC) it's the beltway. I think the Post is just another "victim" of technology.

24 posted on 08/12/2013 1:17:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: nascarnation

I do not deny what you are saying about print media declining but it is the post and the slimes that manufacture the news on cbsnbccnnabcmslsd etc... and I read the post quite often and it is a rare occasion that they are not just hard core socialist/communist in their slant.


25 posted on 08/12/2013 3:32:04 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Again I agree on your opinion, but if there’s anywhere that a liberal slant should sell, it’s gotta be the beltway.

The fact that they are imploding tells me that even WITH content that appeals to their audience, technology has made them obsolete.


26 posted on 08/12/2013 6:54:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: nascarnation

It is going to be fun watching Mr Amazon stir the hornets nest. Something tells me that some employees will not like what he is going to so and some will lose their jobs. It will probably remain an outlet for marx and engels.

LLS


27 posted on 08/13/2013 4:07:37 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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