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  • Poll Finds Record Majority of Americans Distrust Mainstream Media

    09/30/2010 2:39:15 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies ^ | September 30, 2010 | By Peter J. Smith
    Thursday September 30, 2010 Poll Finds Record Majority of Americans Distrust Mainstream Media By Peter J. SmithWASHINGTON, D.C., September 30, 2010 ( – A new Gallup poll shows that a record majority of Americans have little to no trust in mainstream media to report the news “fully, accurately, and fairly.” Nearly half cited “liberal bias” in the media, which ranked only slightly higher than the U.S. Congress in public confidence levels.Gallup reports that 57 percent of those polled for their annual Governance poll, conducted Sept. 13-16, 2010, said their “confidence and trust” in mass media – newspapers, television, and...

    09/24/2010 8:59:35 AM PDT · by kcvl · 142 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | Sept 24, 2010 | Matt D.
  • The NY Times Survey & The Odd Use of Language

    09/17/2010 5:17:52 AM PDT · by publius1 · 7 replies
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: "The president’s overall job approval rating is 45 percent, with 47 percent disapproving. On the economy, his rating is worse, with 41 percent approving and 51 percent disapproving." GOVERNOR PALIN: "The poll found that the ...public has an increasingly negative opinion of Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, with nearly half now holding an unfavorable view of her." I realize that people can do funny things with words, but aren't these essentially the same numbers? Also -- funny note -- the poll is, according to the description, a sample of "voters," but 1...
  • New York Times Will End Print Edition (Eventually), Publisher Says (50% cut in newsroom staff?)

    09/10/2010 12:17:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Atlantic ^ | 9/9/10 | Kevin Fallon
    While speaking at a conference in London, chairman and publisher of The New York Times Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. made a major statement about the future of his publication: "We will stop printing The New York Times sometime in the future, date TBD."
  • ABC News to cut half its domestic correspondents, close bricks-and-mortar bureaus [Updated]

    09/07/2010 1:08:58 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 87 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 09/07/2010 | Matea Gold
    As part of the deep cuts announced this week at ABC News, the network plans to close all of its physical bureaus around the country except Washington and halve the number of its domestic correspondents. ABC News President David Westin confirmed in an interview Friday that the network's ranks of bureau correspondents, which currently number several dozen, would be cut in half and be replaced with "digital" journalists who would be expected to shoot and edit their own stories.
  • Changes at the Deseret News announced (43% of staff laid off - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/31/2010 11:21:39 AM PDT · by abb · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 31, 2010 | Sarah Jane Weaver
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Deseret News announced today work force reductions and unveiled a plan to refocus the quality and reach of its product. "Changes in the industry have forced some newspapers to fade or even close," said Clark Gilbert, Deseret News CEO and president. "At the Deseret News, we choose to lead and innovate." Part of that leadership, he added, is the willingness to make hard choices. "Today we have announced the reduction in our print work force by 57 full-time and 28 part-time employees, which reflects just over 43 percent of our work force," Gilbert said. Gilbert...
  • Is Sarah Palin a political savant or ‘chicken’s guts’?

    08/27/2010 12:06:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 27, 2010 | Various Pundits
    JOHN DICKERSON, Slate: “Sarah Palin has special medicine. That’s about the only clear conclusion to be drawn from Tuesday’s primary results. She backed five candidates in Arizona, Florida and Alaska and they all won. The rest of the results from the evening defied easy matching. . . Palin now has more support for a favorite story line of hers: The pundits and so-called experts said things were going to go one way but she had faith; she knew the real deal. This is part of her larger pitch: that she understands something fundamental about conservative voters. That, in turn, is...
  • Bob Schieffer Blames Internet For Americans Believing Obama Is Muslim [Spin-o-rama]

    08/23/2010 3:41:47 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 54 replies
    News Busters ^ | August 22, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    Bob Schieffer on Sunday blamed the internet for the growing number of Americans that think Barack Obama is a Muslim. Namelessly referring to last week's Pew Research Center poll finding that eighteen percent now believe this, the "Face the Nation" host concluded Sunday's program saying that "in the internet age, ignorance travels as rapidly as great ideas."
  • Bad News for DNews

    08/17/2010 9:27:37 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Aug. 13, 2010 | Glen Warchol
    Utah's journalism and political communities have been buzzing the last couple weeks with rumors of an impending implosion of the Deseret News. Let me concisely repeat the rumors: * In the next few weeks, a significant part of the DNews staff will be laid off. * What remains will leave the Deseret News building in the heart of downtown to be resettled with KSL in the Triad Center. * The DNews will no longer publish daily, but three days or so a week (it would, of course, continue to exist online with Mormon Times). The staff at the DNews is...
  • An e-reader skeptic converted - Commentary: The battle of the e-readers is just beginning

    08/15/2010 10:15:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 75 replies · 1+ views
    BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- I'm a little more conservative than most tech writers when it comes to hot trends that may not be hot nor be trends. I freely admit to some skepticism when e-readers made their debut highlighted by both the Sony Corp. book reader and the Kindle from Inc. The trend was confirmed by Apple Inc.'s iPad, but I need to be more adept at spotting the trend when it is beginning and in the wild. I missed the signals, twice. You look to the public-at-large to spot trends, not to pundits. Two examples come to mind....
  • NBC Nightly News describes serial stabber as "Palestinian Christian"

    08/12/2010 3:46:23 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 21 replies
    NBC Nightly News
    Wonder if they would have mentioned his religion if he were a Muslim? I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count.
  • Good news: Newsweek sold — for a dollar (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/02/2010 3:42:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 5+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 2, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Technically it’s a dollar plus an agreement to assume their huge financial liabilities, but if you throw me an opportunity for a headline that sweet, I’m going to take it every time. Hopefully, in a few years and with a few trillion more tacked onto the national debt, the U.S. can get a deal like this from China. According to several people who have been briefed on the process, Mr. Harman’s bid appealed to Mr. Graham and the Post Company because Mr. Harman has said he would retain a significant number of the magazine’s 325 employees. The financial details of...
  • Prince To Release '20Ten' For Free In Europe

    06/29/2010 11:44:10 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies
    Billboard ^ | June 29, 2010 | Andre Paine
    Prince will release his new album, "20Ten," as a free giveaway with various European newspapers and magazines. In the U.K., Prince has signed up with tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror and its associated Scottish title the Daily Record for the CD giveaway. More than 2.5 million copies will be distributed on July 10 with the newspapers. The deal will also include Prince's first British newspaper interview in more than a decade and competitions for European concert tickets. The German edition of Rolling Stone has announced that its August issue, to be published July 22, will include a new Prince album,...
  • Poll: No Support For FTC Proposals To Help News Organizations (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/13/2010 1:45:12 PM PDT · by abb · 26 replies · 744+ views
    Paid Content ^ | June 9, 2010 | Staff
    There’s basically zero popular support for several already unlikely initiatives the FTC is looking into in order to support the “reinvention of journalism.” Rasmussen Reports polled 1,000 people on whether they would support proposals—like a tax on consumer electronics to help news organizations or a taxpayer-funded program to support young journalists through AmeriCorps—and the answer was a decisive no. A monthly tax on cell phone bills? 90 percent no! A tax on consumer electronic devices? 84 percent no! The young reporter program? 70 percent no! A White House commission to help save journalism jobs? 55 percent no! (Via MediaPost) Most...
  • 154-year-old Honolulu Advertiser prints last issue

    06/05/2010 8:32:20 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 31 replies · 730+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 6-5-10 | Audrey McAvoy
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser have competed to chronicle Hawaii for more than a century. That rivalry ends Sunday when the Advertiser, Hawaii's largest newspaper, publishes its last edition. It's being bought out and combined with its smaller rival. More than 400 reporters, pressmen and other workers are losing their jobs. The 154-year-old Advertiser is the latest casualty of the recession and the upheaval that the Internet has unleashed on the traditional media industry. The new owner plans to launch the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Monday. Honolulu now joins Denver and Seattle as cities served by only one daily...
  • In New Era of TV, Rival Hosts Drown Out King (Why CNN 3rd in Ratings Cannot Compete)

    05/27/2010 1:40:59 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies · 799+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 26, 2010 | Brian Stelter
    The biggest interview on television last week, with the Senate candidate Rand Paul, happened at 9 p.m. But regrettably for CNN’s Larry King, who used to rule that time slot by wooing newsmakers, the interview was booked by his higher-rated competitor, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Next week will be Mr. King’s 25th year on CNN, but these are hard days for the host, and not just because he is being beaten in ratings and bookings. Although still the linchpin of CNN’s lineup, he has come to embody an enormous problem facing the cable news channel. How can he and CNN compete...
  • Hoiles: Dynasty to bankruptcy (OC Register Saga)

    05/03/2010 6:14:44 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies · 632+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 2, 2010 | Mary Ann Milbourn
    They could have been millionaires, many times over, in 1985 when a million dollars meant something. But 25 years ago, the majority of the Hoiles family, owner of The Orange County Register, spurned a $1 billion buyout of the Santa Ana newspaper and its parent company's other holdings. Some say the rejection was to spite Harry Hoiles, the disaffected son of company founder R.C. Hoiles. Others argue that it came from a commitment to keep the media company in the family as a platform to carry on R.C.'s lifelong crusade for libertarianism and individual freedom. Either way, those who bet...
  • Helen Thomas: The Last Defiant Roar Of the Old Media Dinosaurs [FR buckhead incident mentioned]

    05/01/2010 9:08:11 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 96 replies · 3,476+ views ^ | 5/1/2010 | Kevin L Martin
    Helen Thomas simply longs for the days when reporters and pundits could report spin, lies and opinion as fact and were never held accountable outside of page A-16 retractions. The new media’s finest moment came when in 2004 CBS’s Dan Rather attempted to influence a national election (much like his predecessor Walter Cronkite did with the Vietnam War after the Tet Offensive), but unlike then, now there is a new media filled with grassroots activists who were going to hold the old media accountable and one of those activists on the Conservative Site Free-Republic under the handle “Buckhead,” was able...
  • CNN’s American Morning Has Lowest Viewership Month Ever In April

    04/30/2010 1:26:04 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 47 replies · 1,009+ views
    TV by the Numbers ^ | 28 April 2010 | Bill Gorman
    CNN’s having ratings problems in the morning as well. Their American Morning show had its lowest ever month for average viewership in April*, averaging just 307,000 viewers down 37% from April, 2009. The show’s recent viewership peaked in July, 2009 (Michael Jackson death?), and has unevenly trended downwards since then. You can see regular reports of American Morning ratings, as well as the rest of our cable news ratings here.
  • ABC News Completes Cuts; 350-400 Jobs Slashed (Liberal Media)

    04/28/2010 11:28:46 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 27 replies · 635+ views
    Mediabistro ^ | 4/28/10 | Chris Arlens
    The process of cutting up to 25% of the jobs at ABC News is all but complete. Twenty two ABC News employees were laid off in a round of involuntary cuts yesterday. Those layoffs came after more than 300 staffers, many more than had been anticipated, agreed to take a voluntary buyout. In February, ABC News president David Westin announced a massive reorganization which meant staff cuts between 300-400. The actual number, between 350-400, is right in line with that expectation. In addition, TVNewser has learned, 39 staffers were promoted to positions being vacated by those taking a buyout. In...
  • US newspaper circulation falls 8.7 percent(Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/26/2010 10:54:19 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 24 replies · 639+ views
    Yahoo ^ | April 27, 2010 | Yahoo
    NEW YORK – Circulation continues to drop severely at U.S. newspapers, though the rate of decline slowed from the previous six-month reporting period. Figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations show average weekday circulation fell 8.7 percent in the six months that ended March 31, compared with the same period a year earlier. Sunday circulation fell 6.5 percent. That's a slight improvement from April through September of last year, when average weekday circulation dropped 10.6 percent from a year earlier and Sunday circulation fell 7.5 percent. Even so, the top 25 newspapers in the country showed some huge...
  • US newspaper, TV news executives gloomy about future

    04/12/2010 12:13:48 PM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 28 replies · 838+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 4-12-10 | breitbart
    Nearly half of US newspaper and broadcast TV news executives believe their organizations will fold within 10 years unless they find new revenue streams, according to a survey released on Monday. Forty-six percent of the executives surveyed by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism said they could remain solvent for more than 10 years. Seventeen percent said they could go out of business within a decade without "significant new funds, revenue streams or partnerships" while 24 percent put their life-span at three to five years.
  • Homeless ex-reporter opted for Berkeley streets

    04/11/2010 6:28:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 724+ views ^ | April 11, 2010
    The Hate Man is probably the most colorfully oddball homeless person on Berkeley's famously oddball Telegraph Avenue. Known as Mark Hawthorne when he was a New York Times news reporter from 1961 to 1970, Hate Man has lived mostly on the streets in Berkeley since opting out of normal society in 1986. For a man whose penchant for wearing cast-off women's clothes and eating garbage seems a tad feral, the 73-year-old Hate Man is a surprisingly gentle, lucid conversationalist about most anything - particularly his philosophy that everyone must acknowledge that they really hate each other. He went over the...
  • A Tough Quarter for Evening Newscasts on ABC and CBS

    04/01/2010 6:49:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies · 1,407+ views
    nyt ^ | April 1, 2010 | BILL CARTER
    With buyouts and layoffs in progress, the mood at ABC News can’t be good — and it was not likely enhanced by the ratings report for the first quarter of the year, which showed that the network’s evening newscast, “World News” had sunk to the lowest numbers the program had seen in a first quarter since the People Meter was introduced by Nielsen in 1987. The same story prevailed at CBS, where the “Evening News” also hit a new low for the months of January through March. So what’s happening? Is this a signal that viewers are abandoning network newscasts...
  • Rupert Murdoch to charge for access to Times and Sunday Times online

    03/27/2010 12:22:33 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 27 replies · 628+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/26/2010 | Rupert Neate
    Murdoch has decided to block the 20m online readers of The Times from accessing the paper free of charge on the internet. From June, anyone wanting to read The Times or The Sunday Times online will have to pay £1 a day or £2 a week for the privilege. Those who subscribe to the printed edition will be able to access the paper’s planned and websites as part of their subscription. Analysts warned that The Times risks losing “almost all” of its online readers when it erects the so-called “pay walls”. Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of The...
  • Recent Left Wing Threats of Violence (Let's Document Them)

    03/25/2010 10:29:08 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 61 replies · 1,247+ views
    03/25/10 | Reaganesque
    Let's document here the numerous death threats the Left has made against us and right-wing politicians. A few that come to my mind immediately: The movie "Death of a President" (2006) by British film makers Gabriel Range and Simon Finch Cindy Sheehan's Book: "Peace Mom" in which she fantasizes about going back in time and killing the infant George W. Bush. Alec Baldwin's suggestion on the David Letterman show that Henry Hyde and his family should be dragged into the street and stoned to death. Nicholson Baker's " Checkpoint," a novella conversation between two people about the advisability of assassinating...
  • Gasparino: Media 'Cheerleaders' Mean 'Ideologue' Obama and Dems Won't Pay in November

    03/25/2010 9:31:34 AM PDT · by 198ml · 54 replies · 1,259+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 03/25/10 | Anthony Kang
    Conventional wisdom on the right and left has been that President Obama and the Democrats will pay a heavy price in the November mid-term elections for passing the deeply unpopular health care reform bill. But Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasparino isn't so sure. Gasparino appeared on the network's "Imus in the Morning" on March 25. "They can all get even in November then," Imus said of conservatives and Republicans. But Gasparino pointed out the indispensable weapon liberals have their side: the "cheerleading" news media. "You know, listen - there's not a lot of good reporting on this stuff, and that's...
  • Roger Ailes Pays Impromptu Visit To FNC D.C. Bureau (comments on Beck)

    03/17/2010 4:02:01 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 69 replies · 2,034+ views
    Mediatite ^ | 3-17-10 | Steve Krakauer |
    Fox News CEO Roger Ailes stopped by the D.C. bureau for an impromptu visit as he was in town for tonight’s Radio Television Correspondents Association Dinner. Sources tell Mediaite he talked about the success of the bureau and the network as a whole – but also addressed the recent Washington Post Glenn Beck profile. Sources present at the time tell us that Ailes said he was “very proud of this bureau” and “they used to come to us after the news event…now they come to us for the news event as well…I really just want to congratulate you and thank...
  • AP poll has Obama at 53%, but …

    03/10/2010 11:27:00 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 24 replies · 929+ views
    Hot Air ^ | MARCH 10, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    The latest AP poll seems like it has great news for Barack Obama. After all, it puts his approval rating at 53%, even while scorn for Congress increases. But how exactly did the AP poll come up with an approval rating ten points above today’s Rasmussen result? The answer lies in both the survey type and the sample: The latest Associated Press-GfK poll found that fewer people approve of Congress than at any point in Obama’s presidency. Support has dropped significantly since January to a dismal 22 percent as the health care debate has roiled Capitol Hill. Neither Republicans nor...
  • BERKELEY DAILY PLANET: Goodbye From the Front Desk

    02/25/2010 9:05:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 593+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 2/25/10 | Anne Wagley
    “Hello? Daily Planet? I think you should get a photographer over here to North Berkeley because there is a UFO hovering over Solano, and you need to report on it.” “The city is chopping down this really beautiful tree on my street and the neighbors are all out here in tears, and we want the Planet to stop the buzz saws.” “There are some really nasty-smelling barrels that someone dumped on the corner and they kind of look toxic, so can you figure out how to get rid of them?” This last request to the Daily Planet newsroom phone was...
  • Massive Cuts at ABC News; 300-400 Positions to be Eliminated

    02/23/2010 12:19:58 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 194 replies · 5,813+ views
    TV Newser ^ | Feb. 23, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    ABC News has begun the process of eliminating 300 to 400 positions at the news division by asking employees to participate in a buyout of their services. In a move that has been rumored for weeks, and coming on the heels of layoffs at CBS News, ABC's cuts are a combination of union and non-union jobs affecting all areas of ABC News. Developing...
  • The ‘Ellie Light’ Scandal

    02/03/2010 7:41:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 881+ views
    CNS News ^ | January 27, 2010 | L. Brent Bozell III
    The declining (or is it dying?) newspaper industry has suffered another blow to its image as punctilious skeptic. So much for the motto, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” It turns out a pile of American newspapers can’t manage to check out the most basic information about people who are flat-out using their pages to push political agendas. A person with the name of “Ellie Light” has been successfully published with the same letter in at least 68 newspapers defending President Obama – defrauding the editors by using local addresses. Reports have “her” published in two...
  • Mercury News Owner Files For Chapter 11 Protection (Affiliated Media,parent co. w/54 dailyrags)

    01/22/2010 8:28:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 730+ views ^ | 1/22/10 | CBS 5 / AP
    SAN JOSE (CBS 5 / AP) ― The holding company for newspaper publisher MediaNews Group filed for Chapter 11 protection Friday and expects to emerge from bankruptcy in a month or two. Affiliated Media Inc., the privately held parent company for the owner of 54 daily newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times and Marin Independent Journal, had said Jan. 15 it would be making the move. The company said it had a deal with creditors that will cut its debt to $165 million from $930 million. Lenders led by Bank of America would get...
  • Sarah Palin: The Shadow President. Obama: State-Run Media’s Favorite Harvard Elitist.

    01/07/2010 2:13:28 PM PST · by MaxCUA · 11 replies · 896+ views
    Several reactions to Sarah Palin’s facebook post: Chris Cillizza at WaPo: We've noted before in this space that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is using Facebook to serve as a sort of shadow president, a constant counter to President Obama on nearly every issue. Palin's latest missive came late Tuesday when she decried Obama's approach to terrorism as "fatally flawed" because the administration sees the issue through a law enforcement lens rather than a national security one. Palin's Facebook riffs allow her to speak directly to those who share her worldview without having to wade through questions from the news...
  • Climategate: ailing 'mainstream' media are committing suicide by ignoring the scoop of the century

    12/15/2009 12:16:01 AM PST · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 885+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | December 15, 2009 | Gerald Warner
    Climategate is a global household name. No cat has ever emancipated itself more completely from the bag. It is a world-wide scandal – thanks to the internet. Yet, as its ramifications proliferate and dominoes continue to fall, the most repeatedly asked question online is: how can the mainstream media ignore this? Well, we know the answer to that: the MSM are in thrall to the leftist consensus. End of story. But let me pose a follow-up question that may be becoming more imminently relevant. Are the mainstream media capable of surviving their sidelining of the number one global scoop? Are...
  • “Real” News Media to Be Defined by Law

    12/06/2009 10:03:03 AM PST · by John Semmens · 50 replies · 1,651+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 5 December 2009 | John Semmens
    Concerned that “casual” and “irregular” so-called journalists are “confusing” the American people. Senators Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have introduced legislation that attempts to “draw the line between legitimate and illegitimate purveyors of news.” The legislation, Senate Bill 448, would define a legitimate journalist as a person working as a salaried employee of, or independent contractor for, a recognized publisher or broadcaster of news. Those falling outside this definition would be denied the privileges granted to established news media under freedom of the press. “The American people need to be protected from being misled by unauthorized sources,” Feinstein...
  • Coming soon! A giant anger-palooza

    11/29/2009 6:15:07 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 30 replies · 1,177+ views
    The columbian ^ | November 29, 2009 | John "Pasture Pansy" Laird
    BY JOHN LAIRD THE COLUMBIAN EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR Tea party patrons, rejoice! Unite! Or for some of you, I suppose, to arms! Your grass-roots movement has gained such momentum as to warrant a national blue-ribbon, round-table, fact-finding, rootin' tootin' hoedown! The first National Tea Party Convention is set for Feb. 4-6 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center. For details, visit the Web site Hurry, and get an early discount on registration: $558.95 (excluding hotel) to show up and protest excessive spending by the government. Headline speakers will include the electrifying and eloquent Sarah Palin, a renowned expert...
  • Washington Blade and Several Other Gay Newspapers Go Out of Business

    11/16/2009 11:21:49 AM PST · by GoldStandard · 65 replies · 1,906+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/16/2009 | Richard Perez-Pena
    Gay newspapers in several U.S. cities, including the Washington Blade, shut down on Monday, as the company that owned them, Window Media, abruptly went out of business. Window Media had been in serious financial trouble, but employees said they had expected a reorganization or sale, not a liquidation. “We found out when two of the corporate officers were waiting for us when we got to work this morning,” said Kevin Naff, editor of the Blade, a 40-year-old paper that was one of the most important publications written for a gay audience. “It’s not a complete surprise. The abruptness of it...
  • A Peek in the Times’ Archives

    11/10/2009 8:57:55 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 299+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 11-10-2009 | Eric Posner
    Sept. 1, 1939 Nazis Invade Poland Overcrowding in Germany Cited Sept. 2, 1939 For Nazis, a Hard Time To Be Europeans Neighbors’ Suspicions Caused Stress, Resentment Sept. 3, 1939 In Central Europe, Other Countries Invade Their Neighbors, Too Sept. 4, 1939 When Fuhrers Snap Rallies, Pogroms Took Toll on Leader
  • Fists Fly at the Washington Post

    11/02/2009 5:40:51 PM PST · by dr_who · 35 replies · 1,513+ views ^ | 11/2/09 12:40 PM EST | MICHAEL CALDERONE
    Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli found himself in the middle of an altercation Friday evening between Style reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia and editor Henry Allen, but will not say whether the two have been reprimanded by the paper. “We take this incident seriously and will address it appropriately,” Brauchli told POLITICO, declining to comment further. Reports that Allen punched Roig-Franzia surfaced Monday morning on FishbowlDC, Washingtonian and City Paper (which reported Brauchli was traveling). Multiple Post sources independently confirmed to POLITICO that Roig-Franzia got hit while defending colleague Monica Hesse from harsh criticism leveled by her editor, Allen. Allen, according to...
  • I quit the Star-Ledger, and I liked it.

    10/31/2009 6:04:35 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 45 replies · 1,300+ views
    self | 10/31/09 | NewJerseyJoe
    A few months ago, needing to cut my monthly budget way down, I examined every place where I could cut. One of the things I noticed was how much money I was spending on a liberal newspaper that was continuing to jack its price while constantly shrinking in size and increasing in content from other news agencies (i.e., less NJ news, which is the reason I bought it in the first place). So I quit the Star-Ledger cold turkey. Other than the comics and the weekly food sections, I discovered that I don't miss it. On Sundays, an acquaintance is...
  • US newspaper circulation slide accelerates

    10/26/2009 10:17:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 832+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/26/09 | Chris Lefkow
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Daily circulation figures for US newspapers released on Monday provided more bad news for the embattled industry. Average daily circulation fell more than 10 percent in the April-September period compared with the same period last year, accelerating a slide that has led to bankruptcies, closures and cutbacks in newsrooms across the country. Average circulation for 562 Sunday newspapers was down 7.49 percent. The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures also confirmed a claim made earlier this month by The Wall Street Journal that it had become the largest US newspaper by weekday circulation, leapfrogging USA Today. Of...
  • U.S. newspaper circulation plunge accelerates

    10/26/2009 9:58:28 AM PDT · by chickadee · 16 replies · 900+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 26, 2009 | Robert MacMillan
    "NEW YORK, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The plunge in U.S. newspaper circulation is accelerating, according to the latest figures released on Monday, as more people cancel their subscriptions and publishers cut distribution and sales of discounted copies."
  • Wall Street Journal surpasses USA Today as No. 1

    10/15/2009 11:40:59 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies · 1,151+ views
    AP ^ | Oct. 14, 2009 | Andrew Vanacore
    NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal has surpassed USA Today as the top-selling daily newspaper in the United States. The Audit Bureau of Circulations won't be releasing its latest figures until Oct. 26, but the Journal said Wednesday that it gained about 12,000 subscribers in the April-September period, compared with a year earlier. That puts its average Monday-Friday circulation at 2.02 million. The Journal claimed the top spot last week after USA Today released its circulation figures early, but had not given out specifics until Wednesday. USA Today, which has long been No. 1, said last week that it...
  • Times Co. Will Hold On to Boston Globe

    10/14/2009 7:50:51 PM PDT · by james500 · 13 replies · 1,062+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/14/2009 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
    After months of hunting for a buyer, The New York Times Company said on Wednesday that it had decided not to sell The Boston Globe, the newspaper it threatened last spring to close because of mounting losses. The Globe did not draw high bids, and the company chairman, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., said last month that the paper’s finances had improved enough that the company no longer believed it had to sell if the offers were not attractive enough. Executives said this year that the paper was on track to lose $85 million in 2009, before making painful cost cuts that...
  • Post Mortem for a newspaper

    10/02/2009 1:40:28 PM PDT · by pvoce · 11 replies · 682+ views
    John Temple, the former editor, president and publisher of the now shuttered Rocky Mountain News, has been running a great blog about issues from the newspaper industry over the past few months. He consistently has been saying stuff that made me wonder why the Rocky Mountain News didn't seem to do the sorts of things he seemed to constantly talk about... and now he's explained why. He recently gave a talk at Google about lessons from the collapse of the Rocky Mountain News in both text and video form. It's long, but well worth watching/reading:
  • Dinosaur DNA Research: Is the tale wagging the evidence? (Dino bone research "chillingly censored")

    10/01/2009 8:25:14 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 2,173+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | October 2009 | James J. S. Johnson, Jeffrey Tomkins, and Brian Thomas
    Dinosaurs are a popular topic of study, whether in the public imagination or in scientific research. The scientific community, however, has a dirty little secret regarding the manner in which that research is handled. If dinosaur DNA doesn't "look like chicken" (or a crocodile), it will most likely be discarded as "unreliable data" prior to publication--and thus be effectively censored from public access. Why? Because evolutionary scientists are committed to only publish dinosaur DNA data that match their naturalistic tale of origins. Despite the amazing discoveries of soft tissue from dinosaur bones,[1] dinosaur DNA research results (and other dinosaur "connective...
  • Newspaper Cancellations Drop

    09/30/2009 10:43:40 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 11 replies · 585+ views
    Fishbowl New York ^ | 9-30-09 | Don Irvine
    A new study by the National Newspaper Association has found that subscriber cancellations have dropped from previous levels. From FishbowlNY In an effort to survive their recent economic struggles, newspapers across the country have increased home delivery and single copy prices
  • Poll: 89% Say Media Helped Elect, Promote Obama

    09/24/2009 10:36:06 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 1,949+ views ^ | Sept. 24, 2009 | Dan Weil
    It’s not just conservatives who accuse the media of showing a liberal bias. A new survey from the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute shows that 89.3 percent of Americans believe the national media played a sizable role in helping to elect President Obama. And 69.9 percent of respondents view the national news media as intent on promoting the Obama presidency, while 26.5 percent disagreed, and 3.6 percent were unsure. More than half of those surveyed, 56.4 percent, said the news media are promoting Obama’s healthcare reform without objective criticism. Another 39.3 percent disagreed, and 4.3 percent were unsure. A majority,...

    09/21/2009 2:31:22 PM PDT · by lentulusgracchus · 6 replies · 952+ views
    Independent News & Media is likely to close its flagship London title The Independent by Christmas, the publishing group's second biggest shareholder Denis O'Brien said on Friday. "There's no point in us as a company subsidising a newspaper that really nobody wants to read in the United Kingdom," O'Brien told Bloomberg TV in an interview on the sidelines of the Global Irish Economic Forum. "It's not a relevant newspaper anymore and this newspaper's going to be closed by Christmas,"said O'Brien, who has been at odds with the company's board over plans to refinance a 200-million-euro debt issue that was meant...