The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, “You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation’s understanding, the world’s understanding of some major issues.” Outside the liberal media, you wonder how long Post fans can wallow in their Nixon-crumbling polyester “glory days” in the early 1970s. But nostalgia ruled as the Graham family sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com.
I think that all of the established newspapers are going to have to run through a gauntlet of fire, as has the Post. The Washington Post was lucky to sucker in a really rich guy, but will others be so lucky? Carlos Slim put in $250 million into the NY Times, but now that his backside has been whipped, would he or anyone else do the same? Bezos will lose most or all of his investment, but I don´t think that he cares; he has other plans.
The Post stock jumped because they sold the Post which was the money losing asset in the Post company. The rest including Kaplan education will continue and the name of the company will change from "WaPo". The bright guys that run the company haven´t come up with an appropriate name though even though they have known about the pending sale for months as I guess it takes a village.
The Post made its name by going after Nixon. If they would actually do the same with the scandals going on now, they might have a chance. They are so busy covering up for Obama, that they have no news worth reading. Shame on them for being so biased as to let their once great newspaper go broke.
The national papers simply can´t compete with 24/7 cable news for breaking stories or with bloggers for analysis. I once read several newspapers a day. Now all I read on newsprint is the county-wide weekly because it still has a monopoly on local politics and crime stories.
The nostalgic pleasure of perusing the morning paper is completely outweighed by the knowledge that a subscription to any syndicated paper (especially one like the WaPo) is a de facto cash contribution to the progressive agenda.
Our "fourth estate" is openly seeking to execute our constitutional republic.
How can a single paper compete in a webverse of information? Each writer has to compete against the best writers and thinkers the world has to offer. While in their local pond many of the writers seem like big fish, in the world pond there is simply no way they can all be at the top.
And of course, anyone with a biased agenda is going to look stupid and their lies will be exposed. When I see a story on the web I can go to several sources to get a fuller picture of what is going on. After several trips to a paper like the Post shows me the reporters cannot be trusted for unbiased reporting, I go elsewhere.
Finally, why wait for dead tree reporting when I can get the news NOW!
The change to a broader format should have been made LONG ago but newspapers are such self reinforcing cliques that they are terrified of operating as independent thinkers. Without their peers and their editorial structures to protect ands guide them, they might actually end up writing something truly unbiased; unlikely but possible. And that possibility scares them. They might become outcasts from their tribe.
But the market, as much as they hate it, grinds on. Lousy product is recognized and the public no longer buys it. Even Bezos cannot manage $100M yearly losses indefinitely. In 250 years he would be broke! Besides, he will NOT tolerate the plodding inefficiencies of the dead tree news culture. It´s not in his nature. So they will have to transform and my guess is the nature the transformation will NOT allow them to preserve the liberal tribal culture that they desperately cling to.
The bitter reality is that ´journalists´ are not trained in subject matter. One day they write about gardening; the next day they write about politics. So-called ´experts´ must always be taken with a huge grain of salt, but at least they´re more than rank amateurs. Most of the ´hotshot´ journalists are nouveau smart. Let the Post be damned. Good riddance.
#9 The market is abound with the purveyors of ´untruths´ (liars). The competition is stiff so to be king of the hill there has to be an audience which has shrunk to nothing because people don´t read or purchase print. It´s a dying field and the liberals don´t or won´t understand it. If the left wing owners of newspapers won´t print their king´s scandals and national news then they are reduced to tabloid news, comics and want ads. I hope they all crash in the end.
The WP has never been a "news" paper that has as its goal the distribution of fair and balanced news to the citizens. It has had the goal of filtering news, carefully diminishing anything that may be negative toward the liberal agenda and forcefully magnifying news that would damage any opposing view. That´s why the legacy in their own mind is bringing down, not any corrupt president, but any Republican president. They will never allow the destruction of a liberal president; even when their bias brings down their own paper.
Newspapers like the Post and NYT´s will continue on the same path that they have been on for years simply because they love to hear or see the words "according to the WP or the NYT´s" etc. That just runs chills up the spines. Or is it down their legs? That is the only thing they have left to justify their continuing existence. Any smart businessman would close them in a heart beat due to the staggering annual losses.
Leading crime of the century: so called conservatives like Bozell, using the word, "liberal" and “progressive”, to cover up for promotion of socialism and communism. Committing the same exact semantic crimes as Bozell, we point to the Washington Post, Beacon of Big Government, calling itself “liberal”, operating under the disguise of insider socialism, communism and fascism. Washington Post, the Protectorate of all forms of Collectivism (the kind ignorantly believed is Left). Worse, comments from a few otherwise brilliant Ldotters, encourage this statist charade by using such phrases as: Starlady#5 “spouting liberal propaganda”; lonestarm3#6 “contribution to the progressive agenda”; jeffkinnh#7 “liberal tribal culture they desperately cling to”; Grambo#9 “limited to liberal ideologues”; bigfatslob#12 “it’s a dying field and the liberals don’t or won’t understand it” .Our own Ldotters, unwittingly propagandizing for the Post ! Spouting Marxist dogma, calling it “liberalism”, is a cover up, a semantic theft, that guarantees we continue to lose effectiveness in the word battle for truth. Imagine re-reading Bozell’s article and these comments, and exchanging to the word “socialism”. DISCOVER HOW MUCH MORE POWERFUL IT IS ! Let go of the fear of calling these destroyers what they ARE ! Official or unofficial, so-called liberals are ALL Marxists.
I submit that even more panic-inducing than the loss of their career cocoon is the unsettling prospect of losing their self-ascribed "eliteness". You know, that smug head-tilt on "Washington Week in Review" that just reeks of "I´m so dang much smarter than thou."
It must be disconcerting to them indeed. Unfortunately, aside from the fact they demonstrated their own stupidity by relentlessly alienating 50% of their market, the fact is that on any given day, on this forum alone that are at least a dozen or so citizen-journalists (yes, Sen. Feinstein, there is such a thing) who are smarter, funnier, more insightful,and whose writing craft is superior to anyone still employed by the Washington Post (or the NYT).
Oh,well...the still have their dwindling band of co-conspirators to share memories of their imagined once-greatness. For now.
#24 - I don´t see anything marxist/communist in "liberals/progressive". Imo, it is much more fascist than the fascism of the 20th century. Look at our legal system and economy!
About wapo - Pravda was not read by regular people. We had to subscribe to it to get subscription to the sports newspaper or literary magazine. So, there is no reason to worry for the fascist newspaper to run out of money - we are still paying enough in taxes to support it!
(picture all caps)But who is there customer base-The WaPo? The schools are union job providers_, no education there. No news reading there. You can look at the scores or the graduation rates. They had charter schools and the parents in the neighborhood were lined up to send the kids there, but at the behest of persons unknown, Obama cancelled out the funding. So no one teaches at the charters. Then there is the criminal element and EBT-rERs and malingerers. so they are shooting up and not readingthe Wash Post. The suburbs-local papers, everything on internet-few customers there. Congress? phfft-they are presented with news summaries by staff from a service. forget the POst there. So for all these years,it was a mess and the masterminds just cranked out lefty twaddle. ( who was paying?)
To believe the WaPo can change it´s stripes under Bezos is like believing water can change from being wet. Not gonna happen. Stock jumped $25.00!!! all from the libtard big stock holders who know what deep pockets the man has. 100 million a year loss to him is nothing but a welcome tax write-off. WaPo lib agenda is safe for at least until they are down to a circulation of three paid subscribers, and the rest handed out free with every purchase of a book at Amazon. It´ll become like the "Babysitter Trader" and "Used Used Car BlowOut Bonanza!" at the free stand at 7-11.
#6 resonated. Here´s the thing; I really like reading a newspaper. My first computer was a Commodore and I´ve been online pretty much since algore jr. invented it, but I still like that paper, man.
I subscribe to the (once fabulous) Los Angeles Sunday Times, and I´m usually awake when I hear it slap the driveway. I love it. I´m 57 years old and I know how to read through the LA Times, and I´m not willing to give it up.
That, plus the fact that I figure they´re losing money on me; the dead tree Times is practically free now and I live in Palm Springs so the ads are more or less meaningless -- except at Big Five -- so why not enjoy a good rustling inky Sunday paper?
I made fair to ok money in printing and publishing after I left the music business, so please allow me a sentimental professional mulligan. I love the Sunday morning newspaper and I´m keeping it.
I´m in obamatire mode now, but that´s ok too, I guess.
Money is easier to save than waste if you know what you´re doing.
Or, money is harder to waste than save if you know what you´re doing.
The one area where newspapers still compete well against Internet news is coverage of local affairs and politics. Ironically, it´s that very area where the Post has cut back drastically over the last 20 years. The Metro section of the Post used to be very substantial, but it´s flimsy as heck now. Want to know what´s going on in greater Washington DC? Don´t bother reading the Washington Post.
I hope Bezos continues buying up losing propositions, especially newspapers. I mean, $100 million per year in just the WAPO and who knows how much per year on Amazon, and couple of other liberal rescues, and soon Mr. Bezos may find himself bankrupt.
Keep it up Bozo and keep pumping those dollars into media madness.
Patriotic, Lovers of Liberty, in general, should be pooling their resources and creating the new media. No need to buy up the old media. It´s not about paper and ink anymore. It´s about honest,clear thinking, dedicated citizen-journalists like this fine gaggle of Libertarians Dotters.
Won´t deal with Amazon because they double bill me and send me double of everything I ordered. They can´t seem to fix it so I am sure they will continue in this same tradition owning the Washington Post.
I don´t buy books made of wood, I have my Kindle...that I love. I have my own library larger than most cities. I have not read a wood newspaper in years...I have my computer. And it is nice to make some great money on ´neon´ on the NYSE for inventing special screens for these products. So Washington Post I don´t give a.........
Liberal Newspapers of former note appear to be going through the same process that H´weird starlets on the way down travel. Handed off from user to loser until all their charms are gone yet their bad habits and chronic dependencies remain. Then it´s dumpster time.
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