“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” wrote Tennessee Williams, and well he should know.Â There’s a lot of desperation out there, both quiet and noisy,Â but all the sufferers aren’t men.
One very desperate group in AmericaÂ is the mainstream media, particularly the print media which is rapidly being supplanted by the Internet for people to get news, information, entertainment.Â
Pretty soon the only people reading it will be the Sulzbergers and their coterie of leftist sycophants.
Barring a federal bailout of the Times and other national lib media, which has been suggested and is not beyond possibility, that newspaper should be gone in a generation or less.Â
Its disappearanceÂ will beÂ all very fitting and proper since it has long abused its position as the only non-taboid in New York City since the Herald Tribune bit the dust in 1967.Â
With a newspaper monopoly and in contradistinction to its motto, the Times has for yearsÂ been printing all the news that fit its “progressive” philosophy rather than all the news that’s fit to print.Â
Long the only show in town–town being Long Island, for the most part–since theÂ Long Island Press folded in 1977, Newsday has been slip, slip, slipping away for years now and oblivion is beckoning.
A suburban tabloid version of the Times’ editorial and reporting points of view, Newsday, like the Times, practices selective journalism.Â Stories conflicting with its liberal bent either don’t become stories on its pages or are shuffled off to page 44 or so where relatively few readers ever see them.
Case in point was last week’s March for Life in Washington.Â
The pro-choice, pro-abortion, pro-killing-the-pre-born Newsday featured inaneÂ stories about chimpanzees and whatnot on January 24th while totally ignoring the March which drew a quarter million people to D.C. to demonstrate for life and against the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v WadeÂ decision legalizing abortion: http://bit.ly/bXFSNq
So?Â So what’s 250,000 people vs chimpanzees?
What papers such as the Times, Newsday, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, et al. just don’t seem to get is that their readers finally get them and they don’t like what they got.Â
They’re fed up with being manipulated, being fed the pap the MSM chooses to share with them, and aren’t particularly pleased by having their news censored.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Newsday, along with a number of other newspapers, was caught with its circulation down in 2005Â and as a result ran intoÂ legal andÂ advertiser trouble for fudgingÂ its circulation numbers.Â
The fraud ran into the tens of thousands of papers never delivered, never sold, and never read yet advertisers were billed on the basis of the inflated numbers.
Read all about that dirty little scandal here: http://bit.ly/cqszDMÂ
With fraud frowned upon by the authorities and desperate for income, Newsday’s publishers hit upon a new tactic which is gaining media popularity today.Â
Figuring that if they couldn’t beat the Internet they had better join it, they inaugurated a “pay wall” by which interested Internet readers on Newsday.com would cough up five bucks a week to peruse its content.Â
In a brilliant move, long-term subscribers could peruse at the simply mahvelous rate of only $260. a year!Â (Fifty-two weeks X $5.00 perÂ = $260.00 for the arithmatically-challenged.)
After a 3 month pitch, the Internet world advised Newsday of what it thought of its offer and content:Â Of the approximately 1.75 billion worldwideÂ Net users, a grand total of 35 suckersÂ scaled its pay wall.Â
With money to burn from overcharges, Cablevision’s Dolan family had purchased NewsdayÂ for $650 million and sank another $4 million into the new enterprise.Â With its new subscribers, it re-couped $9000.:Â http://bit.ly/d7wJSY.Â
Not to worry about the Dolans, though.Â They’ll just tack another buck onto Cablevision rates to cover its foolery in buying a dying vestige of times past.Â Â Â
Newsday has a great deal to worry about but, again, itsÂ plight is specially sweet.Â I just hope the New York Times follows suit.Â Considering its worldwide reputation, the Times could sign up at leastÂ 45 suckers.