Morale at the New York Times took a further blow when news broke of the sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos. Inevitably, a potential sale of the Times to another mega-billionaire seeking prestige and political clout becomes a topic of conversation. Today, Politico, the Washington Post, and others are openly discussing the subject. After enduring a series of cutbacks and very well aware that the company´s business model has failed, the NYT´s staff confronts the possibility of becoming a luxury plaything or worse.
Another sale? Would not surprise me in the least. My problem with all of this is that big Obama donors are the ones doing the buying. Especially when the buy is announced just days after he visits them.
I hope there is someone who still has ethics in the SEC or somewhere who will investigate the (2 so far)suspicious sales.
Putting politics aside, the business model for the big city papers just won´t work anymore. Most of their core readership is dying off and I can´t see the twenty-somethings subscribing to a print version. It´s different for the small dailies. If they are smart and do a good job for the locals they can survive.
Most of The Times readers today are liberal and like their opinions reinforced by the paper. Even if a conservative bought the paper and changed the editorial stance, they would lose all those lefty subscribers. I think The Times is doomed at least in it´s present form.
When the New York Sun started in 2002, the Times lost a lot of subscribers. It folded in 2008 due to the economy but if the Times were bought by the Kochs and Sun staff hired it would survive and prosper and journalism would return
It´s not just the business model that´s dead, it´s the technology.
Print is dead.
Worth noting is the fact that the elderly infirm in 20 years ~ today´s senior most Baby Boomers ~ America´s largest population cohort ~ can take a 24" video screen, feed their computer to it, and adjust the letters and such until they can read again.
Newsprint cannot compete against that.
The NYT mythos is built around the idea that everybody who is meaningful can see 6 pt type. Obviously that´s simply not true ~ if it ever were.
It doesn´t really matter if another leftist buys the Compost or the Slimes. They´re both run by leftists now. I expect little or no change, and both will continue to circle the bowl for a while until the mighty flush clears them out.
The assault on the Temporary Diplomatic Mission Facility in Benghazi (Often still erroneously referred to as a "Consulate") and its associated Annex on 9/11/12 brought much reporting centered on the general lack of security prior to the event and on the failure of the military to respond after the assaults began. Of late, those two issues have come into much sharper focus by new revelations in testimony during hearings at the House Intelligence Committee (snip) Perhaps House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa could subpoena Valerie Jarrett
Americans are among the most mobile people on earth, but ObamaCare may soon start freezing them in place. Millions are losing their health insurance policies and being forced onto the ObamaCare exchanges, where most plans only provide local medical coverage. As Americans realize they must pay for all non-emergency medical care when they leave their home county, their decisions may have a profound impact on the real-estate market, particularly the second home sector, and on the travel business.
Ever since she delivered an electrifying four minute speech at the 21012 Republican National Convention on the importance of self-reliance and entrepreneurship (video here), Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, UT has been a conservative favorite. She came close to winning her race for Congress in 2012, losing by one percentage point to four-term Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson. Rep. Matheson, who voted against ObamaCare and represents a district that went 67% for Mitt Romney, has been swimming against the tide of the Obamafied Democratic Party. Yesterday, he announced that he will not run for re-election in 2014.
Americans don´t pride themselves on acts of treachery, but there are times when we as a nation have betrayed people. (snip) the worst betrayal -- by far -- has been Obama´s enabling of full Iranian nuclear development, now about 36 days from 90% nuclear enrichment. Every American president since Harry S Truman has opposed the spread of nuclear weapons to regimes mad enough to use them. Before his death in 1953, Jozef Stalin was threatening to start a worldwide nuclear conflict, as Hitler and Japan would have done had they possessed nuclear weapons. After Stalin, the US and USSR arrived at
"Trayvon Martin´s Parents Are Planning a Book" -- so reads the headline of a gentle December 13 article in the New York Times.(snip)Martin´s parents have the opportunity to set the record straight. According to the Times, they intend "to write a book that gives the full picture of their son." If so, they would do the public a service if they discovered what it was that inspired Martin´s unprovoked attack on Zimmerman that rainy night in Florida. Now that the media have finally acknowledged the "knock out game," the parents might ask whether their son was playing that "game." To find
Reportage of last week´s Nelson Mandela funeral reveals clearly enough that President Obama has reached the point in his tenure where everything ceases to go right -- when even the most serious and determined efforts deteriorate into a hash, or worse, a joke. This happens to everyone in public life eventually, politicians above all. The original attraction wears thin, flaws appear more prominently, styles and opinions change. There is little the individual can do to avoid this.(snip)The Mandela funeral shows that Obama is deep into this phase of his career, and has landed on his head.
The extent of the Obamacare disaster is coming into focus with a new poll by Associated Press-GfK. Democrat hopes that the much-touted "fixes" to the healthcare.gov website would begin to turn around public perceptions of Obamacare are being dashed. The real problem is that the Pottery Barn Rule ("You break it, you own it") is being applied to America´s health insurance system (snip) Employers trying to control their health insurance bills have been shifting costs to workers for years, but now those changes are blamed increasingly on "Obamacare" instead of the economy or insurance companies. This is the key. In
After his mother was raped, and then murdered along with his father, sobbing 12-year-old Amaro was gagged and drowned in scalding bathwater. And that´s how the youngest member of the Viana family became a statistic: another in a long line of white South African victims of black violence. It´s an understatement to say that such crimes have a racial component, yet the government run by the African National Congress - Nelson Mandela´s party - denies even that. (snip) Mandela didn´t exhibit nearly the same passion when he sang a song about killing whites.
The New York Times is wringing its hands over the damage being done to the city´s artists and independent professionals by Obamacare. The sort of people who worship at the altar of Obama and who regard the Times and its editorial pronouncements (including those on Obamacare) as holy scripture. Cliff Their writes, "I haven´t laughed so hard in a long time." Anemona Hartocollis of the Gray Lady writes: Many in New York´s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama´s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and
I thought the photo below was interesting. I wonder if some of the White House photo restrictions are to avoid shots in which it is obvious that Michelle and Barack are not on the same page. They are a fantasy couple to many black women who have no hope of marrying a more successful man -- akin to Diana and Prince Charles among white women who should have known better (most of the professional women I worked with) in the 90s.
The Detroit News is really upset about how its readers talk about race. (snip) The readers are so off-message about commenting on race at the MLive website that the newspaper felt it needed to post rules about how comply with the racial guidelines: How to discuss racial issues on MLive without violating the Community Rules. First, if you see one of the daily stories about black history month or the black museum or whatever, and you wonder in the comments sections why there is no counterpart for white or Asian or Amish people, you will be removed. That is a "false equivalence,"
"Nice little insurance company you´ve got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it." In essence, that´s the message just delivered to the health care insurance industry. Panicking, they´re just making it up as they go along, under pressure of the December 23rd deadline for enrollment in Obamacare in order to be covered in 2014. In an ill-considered move, the Department of Health and Human Services contravened the law and vaguely threatened ("strongly encouraged") the health insurance industry in order to assuage some of the injuries done by the poor design and incompetent administration of Obamacare.
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
Yes, she really said it. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn´t say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White
London – Large tapestry portraits of President Barack Obama were unveiled for guests at the U.S. Embassy in London over the weekend. The recently-installed, large-scale tapestry portraits were created by National Medal of Arts winner and renowned American painter, photographer Chuck Close. Close created the portraits by compiling and interweaving Polaroids of the president from an hour-long photo shoot done the summer before, the Washington Post reports. The portraits are nearly 8 feet tall and more than 6 feet wide, with the final piece looking like photos but feeling like textiles. Close used one photo of Obama smiling and another
John Podesta was just named as a new senior-level adviser to President Obama last week, but he´s already ruffling Republican feathers. In a profile published late Tuesday night by Politico Magazine, Podesta is quoted comparing Republicans to the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the 1978 cyanide poisoning of more than 900 of his followers in Guyana. "They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress," said Podesta of what Obama´s White House team faces.
Hours after we reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson dropped some illogical “logic” on homosexuality during his GQ interview, his home network A&E decided to indefinitely suspend him from the show. While Robertson’s comments were hilariously ignorant, they were predictable — especially given his family’s socially-conservative, Bible-loving image. Suspending the lead character for his wholly predictable comments is not only an overreaction but a gross misstep. To recap: The Duck Commander patriarch remarked to the men’s magazine that homosexuality is on par with bestiality, and used fifth-grade “logic” to imply that homosexual men should give up their ways of choosing a
The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. During the inventory, an unidentified official — not the commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III — asked the administration why the college honors two generals who fought against the United States,
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." The news comes after Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took some shots at his fellow Republicans during Tuesday’s Senate debate over the proposed bipartisan budget deal put together by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Joining the more moderate wing of the Republican Party, McCain declared his strong support for the deal and accused any members of the GOP who plan to vote against it of lacking “intellectual integrity.” McCain said he was supporting the bill for two reasons: One, to prevent the possibility of another government shutdown, and two, to alleviate the “devastating impact of sequestration on our military.” “The American people steadfastly
Valerie Jarrett denied being a “shadow chief of staff” to President Obama on Wednesday, insisting she never talks about work during her private time with the president and first lady. “I´m not the shadow chief of staff. I have very specific responsibilities,” Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and a longtime family friend of the Obamas, said at a Politico breakfast. [WATCH VIDEO] Jarrett said that “people sometimes presume because I am a friend of the president and first lady” that she´s able to exert influence when the Obamas retire from the office to their residence. “There is this