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The staggering body count as California
newspapers founder, and democracy loses

Los Angeles Times, by Steve Lopez

Original Article

Posted By:MissMolly, 4/15/2018 5:22:50 AM

The body count is staggering. In my 43 years as a journalist, armies of trained bloodhounds have been run out of newsrooms where I´ve worked, victims of layoffs, and buyouts, and battle fatigue. I´ve lost so many hundreds of colleagues, I can´t keep track of where they ended up. These were smart, curious reporters, photographers and editors who told stories that defined place and time and made us all know each other a little better. They covered the arts and the local sports teams. They bird-dogged city councils, courts, law enforcement, school districts and other agencies that spend our tax dollars, bearing

It´s true of newspapers across the country.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MainelySane, 4/15/2018 5:31:27 AM     (No. 11602598)

"... they tried to indoctrinate their readers."

See ya!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pilot222, 4/15/2018 5:32:24 AM     (No. 11602599)

“Smart and curious”. Give me a break. Journalism as a profession is dead. It died as a slave to the Democratic Party and their bias and loyalty to the AA, first Mooselim president.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/15/2018 5:42:18 AM     (No. 11602600)

Liberal Steve Lopez has watched the decline of the Los Angeles Times. He has been a Social Justice Warrior forever, a cause of the problem as well as a symptom.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 4/15/2018 6:07:11 AM     (No. 11602607)

Reporting today boils down to little more than regurgitating your copy of today’s DNC talking points.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 4/15/2018 6:33:46 AM     (No. 11602626)

Fewer dailies, fewer resources, fewer employees...all true enough. But we can be sure that they will always find ways to cover what they want to cover and ignore anything that doesn´t suit their political paradigm.

And BTW, Steve - you ol´ ink-stained wretch, you - it´s "None of those papers still exists", not "exist". "None" is singular. But then, if your mission is to "make a difference" and help to impeach Trump you probably don´t have time to master the basics of your craft.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/15/2018 6:49:27 AM     (No. 11602633)

In my area, there were four good newspapers, two in Fort Worth (a morning and two afternoon), and two in Dallas, (a morning and an afternoon). Now, there are just two, both morning papers, and both are plumped out with pieces from AP, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Reuters. The only locally written articles seem to cover sports and the local city governments. There are no longer book reviews, movie reviews, "society" sections.

I doubt things are very different in urban areas whether north, south, east, west, or in the middle.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 4/15/2018 7:05:05 AM     (No. 11602637)

The slow, steady decline of newspapers in numerous margets indicates a systemic weakness in the industry. Some might point to technology that is making newspapers obsolete and technology certainly is accelerating the decline.

However, the core problem is that newspapers are contaminated with attitudes that surfaced decades ago and have made their product less attractive and less useful to the public. It´s a problem that infests the whole information business but other media sources have "gussied up" their presentation with pretty faces and fancy presentations. The print media is harder to slap a pretty face on.

What is the problem? Media has decided it is their job to tell us what to think instead of simply telling us the story and letting us make up our own minds.

Information is left out, faked, and distorted. "Experts" of opposite opinions are presented. Opinion columns are not persuasive, they are incensed; as if anger and indignation are sufficient reasons for action instead of rational and reasoned consideration. Opinion columns, and even "news" that has become opinion, is mob rule.

Over time, The People have seen this and now know the media cannot be trusted. That media has failed in its job and is not delivering a satisfactory product. Media is like the auto mechanic who just cannot seem to repair your car properly.

Democracy is not losing by the removal of a corrupted and useless media any more than a cancer patient is losing by surgical removal of a tumor. It´s painful and recovery can be difficult but in the end it´s the only right thing to do. The People will find better sources of information and life will go on.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 4/15/2018 7:05:28 AM     (No. 11602638)

John Seigenthaler´s ghost is just as liberal as he was. Smart stenographers hew the liberal line in order to stay employed by jurassic media outlets.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 4/15/2018 7:06:57 AM     (No. 11602641)

FTA: [The reporters] bird-dogged city councils, courts, law enforcement, school districts and other agencies that spend our tax dollars, bearing witness, asking questions and rooting out corruption.

That should have been true for all of the reporters and those who make the decisions of what to print. But the problem with that statement is most reporters were only interested in ´"rooting out corruption" on the Republican side and, as it turns out, they didn´t care if it was true or not. I can´t tell you, Mr. Lopez, how many times since Bill Clinton took office that we on the right were asking, Where are the next Woodward and Bernstein?

I can´t speak for anyone else, but I got tired of spending my money on hard copies which neglected some hard core crime of the left for the fake news of the right. The newspapers aren´t dying, they´ve been committing suicide.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: franq, 4/15/2018 7:13:27 AM     (No. 11602646)

Video killed the radio star.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: paperpuncher, 4/15/2018 7:45:19 AM     (No. 11602682)

Bah, Bah, Bah, poor baby. Smaller companies get eaten up by bigger companies. Its always been that way. On line news is taking over as it is cheaper and quicker.

Lastly, if you produce a product that few people want and your sales go down, you cut back and become smaller. That is called supply and demand. Welcome to the real world crybaby!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bradcro, 4/15/2018 7:46:32 AM     (No. 11602683)

I have on my desk an Editorial page cartoon published yesterday in the "TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS" (Florida) that depicts President Trunp as a cockroach crawling from under a flag.

This is a Republican voting area and the nitwits running the paper obviously do not understand that they are in the "newspaper business".

When the layoff slips arrive I will have the last laugh.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: patchy groundfog, 4/15/2018 8:52:22 AM     (No. 11602722)

Anyone who has initiated the printing of a piece based on a press release is neither curious nor industrious.

The ´journalist´ has, at that point, willingly become a propagandist and used his subscribers´ and advertisers´ funds to spread propaganda.

The media seem to imagine they are free from the basic economics of the value proposition.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: strike3, 4/15/2018 8:53:29 AM     (No. 11602725)

Reporters have the same problem that school teachers do, imagining that they are smarter and more aware than the rest of us knuckle-dragging bipeds.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 4/15/2018 9:13:11 AM     (No. 11602739)

Here is a little stat I do not have room here to post the proof behind. If you Google the top 15 or 20 rated “News Papers”, you get a rating based on circulation and find them in super liberal fortresses, like Seattle, New York, LA. Chicago. Big circulation for high density populations. But, if you look for the most financially solid papers, you find there is very little correlation between financial success and circulation. It seems Wallstreet investors love papers like the Arizona Republic (based in Phoenix), Louisville Courier-Journal, Detroit Free Press, Cincinnati Enquirer, Milwaukee Journal, Indianapolis Star, Nashville Tennesean. That’s right, mainly ‘Fly-over Country’. One would therefore assume, such papers present a much more balanced venue to their readers and are not so weak they repeatedly end up on the Corporate Raider Menu.

Lopez is a flaming liberal and proud of it. He, and others like him have been a large part of his dying industry’s disease. His list of past employers show why he is a liberal hack and has lasted through the bloodbath so many of his industry co-workers did not. Those empty desks were once filled with a diversity of political humans. That diversity of opinions and ideas was the life blood of their industry. Liberals gladly ran them off! Now, Lopez looks around and finds nothing sitting across from him but liberal hacks just like him. They destroyed the opinion diversity and built nice, safe little echo chambers and the readers rejected them like bad Quickie-Mart Sushi.

We departed readers (once called subscribers) see the dying Modern Print media’s problem clearly.

Funny, the “Great Investigative Reporters” left, the last of their dying breed, can’t see the cause of their own demise for the tomb walls created by their own words.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Jacksin5, 4/15/2018 9:13:32 AM     (No. 11602740)

Advertisers are going digital to increase the exposure of their products/services to the general public. Also digital advertising allows you to target specific demographics.

Add this to journalists that do nothing more than parrot talking points, and you have the downfall of newspapers in a nutshell.

Don´t let me forget that Government Schools and cell phone texting have made a large swath of the populace functionally illiterate.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hpmatt, 4/15/2018 9:21:32 AM     (No. 11602745)

No reporters broke the Billion $ Clinton Foundation money-laundering scheme? The Obama/Clinton-paid-for FISA warrant to spy on Trump? The Clinton sale of US Government uranium supplies to RUSSIANS for $140 million?

No, instead your ‘colleagues’ are writing about ‘Barack the magic negro’ and how good criminal illegals are for the Kalifornia economy.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: starboard, 4/15/2018 9:22:42 AM     (No. 11602746)

FTA: I feel like I was in hospice and a new doctor said hold on, don´t plan the funeral just yet.
Great line!

Steve, I enjoyed your personal chronology and story about the newspaper business over the years. This industry, like others before may never recover, much of it is the result from the Left´s suffocating bias. They destroy everything they touch.

When I lived in Southern California, I remember how I enjoyed the LA Times. It was jammed with a variety of good information, and I personally thought it was better than the uppity and overrated NYT.
Unfortunately, the world has evolved and yes, your profession is in hospice and a funeral is imminent. Your product is no longer in demand or wanted by the general public.
With that said, you have great talent and expertise as a writer. Perhaps it´s time to seek other opportunities.
The best is yet to come. Be an optimist!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: TennDon, 4/15/2018 9:28:42 AM     (No. 11602750)

I’ve been thinking about subscribing to our local diimoKKKrat rag just so I can cancel the subscription and tell them why I did so.

I haven’t because I would be out the price of a MickeyDs lunch.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: rolfnader, 4/15/2018 9:31:25 AM     (No. 11602754)

The cause? Steve tried to subtly skip over it but he shouldn´t have. The Union. You know, that system where you just CAN´T be fired unless you shoot up the place.

If there is time to cure this mindset, it´s name is Sinclair. Their philosophy is to devote more, if not most, of their coverage to local and regional news reporting, not creating it. Leave the national and world news to internet and alphabet sources ( especially the former unless you don´t have the hardware).

This is why the left (media) is screaming like a little pig stuck in a gate.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: john56, 4/15/2018 9:59:52 AM     (No. 11602779)

Until a few months ago, I was a dyed-in-the-wool newspaper reader. Couldn´t start my morning without the local fish wrap.

Delivery got bad and I decided $44 a month was ridiculous. Cut back to Friday-Sunday for about half that.

The paper called the other day asking if I´d go back to 7 days for a dollar extra a week. I told them no.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: strike3, 4/15/2018 10:05:32 AM     (No. 11602783)

#16 hit on a valid point that also explains why book stores are disappearing. The younger generation has its nose in electronic devices instead of printed sources. The problem is, the content is worthless drivel concerning movies, TV, music and gaming. When I was a teenager, I was reading hundreds of books on a myriad of topics which makes today´s generation look and act to me like a bunch of rag dolls.

Look at the questions on all of the popular game shows, if you can stand to watch one. They all focus on the entertainment industry because that´s all anybody knows. The average kid thought Barack Obama was "cool" without realizing that he was destroying the country because that´s what the TV told him.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 4/15/2018 10:12:08 AM     (No. 11602787)

I still miss Chicago´s Mike Royko.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Beancounter, 4/15/2018 10:25:43 AM     (No. 11602801)

The newspaper industry has been consolidating for 100 years. I’m sure uf you looked in the archives of the L.A. Times you would find an article from 1975 from a grizzled newspaper man lamenting that there are only half as many newspapers as there were in 1940.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Secondtimelucky, 4/15/2018 10:48:31 AM     (No. 11602822)

23, you do still have John Kass. When I was a young straphanger in Chicago I would get the Sun-Times in the a.m. And the Daily News in the p.m. Walk past the newspaper vendor. Hand him a quArter and he would smartly slap your folded paper under your arm. This was all done without breaking stride. But i have to admit. The Sun-Times tabloid style was a lot easier to read standing up. Those were the days. We were all young and beautiful and newspaper were an actual source of news!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: jhpeters2, 4/15/2018 11:10:28 AM     (No. 11602840)

Mr Lopez let me paraphrase Mr Truman Capote in order to help you grasp what you and your colleagues have done to the profession of reporting: "You are not reporting - you are typing!"

Real reporting died with copying the AP reports, religiously blessing stories with PC words and phrases and eliminating facts, while misquoting people who you dislike politically to driven home a political point.

In essence, journalism became journolism and typists eagerly await their talking points memos to arrive via Apache every morning.

Not reporting - it is typing.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: stablemoney, 4/15/2018 11:23:35 AM     (No. 11602851)

But why is the author surprised by the decline? The newspapers embraced socialism, spread it everywhere, and now we have the arrival at the final destination: ruin.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: barryno, 4/15/2018 11:35:30 AM     (No. 11602864)

There hasn´t been journalism at the LA Times since they tried to blame Reagan and the CIA for the drug trafficking. Since before then, perhaps.

If real journalists were involved, they probably left because their Leftist editors or colleges chased them out - like the so called journalists did to the conservative reporter who dared shout a question at Obama.

Chased him all the way to the Washington Monument in fear for his life.

My hope is these as sharp he´s mourning are no longer employed in journalism, but are flipping burgers or selling insurance. Anything except making a living writing leftist fantasies in any media.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: smcchk, 4/15/2018 11:50:27 AM     (No. 11602873)

I was at a candidates´ debate once in my small city and I saw and read how it was "covered." The reporter walked in, spoke to the Democrat candidate, the GOP candidate had not arrived but would soon, and walked out. The next morning I read the "coverage" which was all Democrat talking points. I called and complained that they did not cover the GOP side and he said that he was not there. Yes, he was - for the debate. The reporter was not.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 4/15/2018 1:50:27 PM     (No. 11602970)

Our local paper was bought by Adelson, a backer of Trump. It has improved a lot.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 4/15/2018 4:23:54 PM     (No. 11603121)

I guess the strategy of moving to the extreme left, and escalating the price for less content to compensate for lost revenue from cancellations and lost advertising, didn´t work out.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 4/15/2018 9:14:08 PM     (No. 11603377)

I lived in Woodland California 20 years ago. We had a journalist from The Woodland Democrat interview a coworker for a puff piece. The story had no resemblance to anything my coworker said.
That opened my eyes. If they can´t even report the stuff they wrote down on a damn note pad why should we trust anything that gets reported?

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NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton excoriated President Donald Trump for his treatment of the media, saying in remarks on Sunday that press rights and free speech are “under open assault” in the current administration, which she compared to an authoritarian regime. “We are living through an all-out war on truth, facts and reason,” Clinton said at the PEN America World Voices Festival, in Manhattan. “When leaders deny things we can see with our own eyes, like the size of a crowd at the inauguration, when they refuse to accept settled science when it comes to urgent challenges like climate change

Conservative Author Brad Thor Announces
Challenge to Trump in 2020 GOP Primary

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Breitbart Big Government, by Katherine Rodriguez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/22/2018 5:09:31 PM     Post Reply
Conservative author and commentator Brad Thor announced on Twitter Saturday evening that he would challenge President Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primary. Thor sent out a series of tweets Saturday announcing his intent to run against Trump if no other conservative would run against him. (Tweet) “If no conservative steps up, I will absolutely challenge Donald Trump in 2020, he said. “America deserves better leadership.” A few minutes later, Thor made it “official,” tweeting, “I’m in.” (Tweet) Following the series of tweets, Thor confirmed that he would be launching a bid. “The pages of history do not care if

Michelle Obama can´t wait to have ´pajama
party´ with Prince William and Kate Middleton´s
new baby boy

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Washington Examiner, by Naomi Lim    Original Article
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Former first lady Michelle Obama shared a congratulatory message after Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth Monday to a baby boy, her third child with Prince William. "Barack and I are thrilled to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their newest arrival!" Obama wrote. "We hope to meet him soon for a Kensington Palace pajama party. I’ll wear my robe!" she added. (Photo) The Obamas met Prince George, the royal couple´s eldest child, at their Kensington Palace residence in London in April 2016. An image of the young royal clad in a robe and pajama pants went viral

Waffle House gunman who is at large with
´two guns´ killed four with an AR-15 that
was confiscated by the FBI during in July
when he tried to jump White House fence
and ´kill Donald Trump´

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Daily Mail [UK], by Emily Crane and Anneta Konstantinides    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/22/2018 7:13:20 PM     Post Reply
The gunman who opened fire at a Nashville Waffle House with an AR-15 wearing nothing but a green jacket is still on the run and police have warned he is armed and dangerous. Travis Reinking, 29, shot dead four people and injured several more at the Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday morning before shedding his jacket and fleeing. Police said Reinking had his Illinois gun license revoked last year at the request of the FBI and four of his weapons were seized by authorities in Tazewell back in October. (Snip) Authorities seized Reinking´s weapons following an incident at the White House

California fault line
is ´tectonic time bomb´ for
disastrous earthquake, researchers say

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Fox News, by Travis Fedschun    Original Article
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Residents in the San Francisco Bay Area are living along a fault that is a "ticking time bomb" that could generate an earthquake that could kill hundreds, according to a report released Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey said in a report called the "HayWired Scenario" that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Hayward Fault located under Oakland could kill as many as 800 people and injure up to 18,000. “This fault is what we sort of call a tectonic time bomb,” USGS earthquake geologist emeritus David Schwartz told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s just waiting to go off.” Researches said the Hayward Fault is dangerous because it runs through

Professor who slammed late Barbara Bush as
´amazing racist´ applauded at literary festival

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New York Daily News, by Ariel Scotti    Original Article
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A Fresno State University professor who blasted former First Lady Barbara Bush as an "amazing racist" following her death was applauded at a weekend literary festival. Randa Jarrar was scheduled to headline Fresno City College´s LitHop on Saturday, but she declined to attend amid the uproar following her controversial tweets. Mention of her name in various LitHop speeches garnered heavy applause from the 100-person audience, according to the Fresno Bee. "I support Randa Jarrar´s free speech and I also denounce any violence against her or threats of violence against anyone else," LitHop founder Lee Herrick said to the crowd. Jarrar,

Finally, a truly bipartisan issue:
We all hate robocalls

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Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
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A funny thing happened on the way to this week’s column — Sen. Jon Tester did something I liked. On Wednesday, Sen. Tester took part in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing where he blasted someone who is perhaps the least popular man in America. No, not Jeff Zuckerberg (he is SO last week!). I’m talking about Adrian Abramovitch. Chances are, you’ve never heard of Abramovitch, but even so, I am confident that — along with me and Sen. Tester — you don’t like him! Indeed, when you find out that Abramovitch is accused of making nearly 100 million robocalls in

Trump shuns Democrats and
media with Macron state dinner

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Politico, by Matthew Nussbaum    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — For once, President Donald Trump is opting to go smaller. The president who delights in bigness — of his buildings, his crowd sizes, his hands — is opting for a slimmed-down affair when he hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for his first state dinner on Tuesday. Gone are the President Barack Obama-era days of outside event-planning firms and tents set up on the South Lawn to accommodate guest lists of more than 350. Like President George W. Bush, Trump will host the event in the State Dining Room, with a guest list close to 150. But unlike his predecessors, Trump hasn’t

Planned Parenthood Spending
$30 Million on Mid-term Elections

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New American, by James Donlon    Original Article
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Planned Parenthood is once again proving its hunger for powerful allies in government positions. GOP control of the Senate is narrow, and with the upcoming Senate races, the power balance could tip in favor of Democrat, pro-abortion advocates. Planned Parenthood knows this, of course, and will be pouring a reported $30 million into abortion advocacy through its political arm. This money will be spent on Senate and gubernatorial races in a number of states, including Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and will be used to fund TV and digital ads, direct-mail campaigns, and even advocacy in the public square. It

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