Sunday, March 29, 2009

Why Are Newspapers Dying?

"They are dying because they deserve to die"

NOBODY likes a LIAR!!!!!!!!!!

"Next: Bailout for Mainstream Media Liars

(March 2009) One of the silver linings of this economic depression is the collapse of mainstream media companies and the creation of internet blogs along with citizen journalism.

While this media shift is ongoing and certain, a question arises - Will the government, in further effort to keep their political-financial-media power in tact, bailout big media?

Does the News Industry Deserve a Bailout?

That was the headline in a recent article written in Time Magazine. Written by Douglas A. McIntyre, the article argues "the strategic value of the print media comes from the centuries that it has served as a check and balance to the central government both in the United States and elsewhere."

The article goes on to say “Politicians have every reason to want to see print media fail. That can be said tongue in cheek, but too many governors and congressmen have lost jobs after newspaper investigations to make the relationship between Fourth Estate and politicians a comfortable one.

A neutered press would benefit a number of elected officials.“

I wonder what a "neutered press" would look like? Would they peddle optimism even while the economy was collapsing? Would celebrity gossip become newsworthy? If the government wanted to loot the United States treasury and bailout their campaign contributors on Wall St, would a "neutered press" fail to demand answers or, even worse, scare the American people into submission? Would this neutered press allow the government to use 9-11 as a tool to occupy the middle east, while ignoring the cries of first responders and families of 9-11?

I've often said that I do not follow the mainstream news for information, I follow it for the lie.

Establishment news organizations such as Time magazine should be followed only to figure out what it is they are trying to sell. 'They' meaning the Washington In crowd of government, lobbyists and mainstream reporters.

When US government public relations organizations (Mainstream News) publish an article such as Mr. McIntyre's, you should be paying attention. The campaign is beginning.

The charts represent some of the largest media conglomerates. There is no doubt that many are in deep trouble and, if left to the markets, many may fail. Will they be allowed to fail?

The "Newspaper Revitalization Act" was introduced this week by Senator Benjamin Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland.

"We are losing our newspaper industry the economy has caused an immediate problem, but the business model for newspapers, based on circulation and advertising revenue, is broken, and that is a real tragedy for communities across the nation and for our democracy. It is in the interest of our nation and good governance that we ensure they survive" said Senator Cardin.

The act would grant newspapers tax-free status as non-profits, a deal similar to that enjoyed by public broadcasting outlets, which survive on tax-deductible contributions from listeners. The newspapers, however, will also be able to enjoy tax free advertising revenue.

Is it really in the interest of our nation to bailout the newspapers?

Are these not the same newspapers that led the unchallenged drumbeat into the Iraq war?

The newspapers who cheered for the economy as it became apparent that there were real problems emerging?

Should we bailout a newspaper industry who has failed to properly inform the public as to where $10 trillion+ of their money has gone?

The newspapers who silenced the campaign of Ron Paul, a Presidential candidate who broke fund raising records on his message of freedom.

The newspaper industry, owned and controlled by a hand full of giant media companies, has been reduced to an un-hired PR firm of the US government. A quick glance at the sourcing of major newspaper articles makes this clear.

They are dying because they deserve to die.


"The media which has printed these lies and presented the horrors of the day according to the angle desired by those who operate it have become their own worst enemy. They are daily providing the evidence that they lie. Truth tellers on the internet are turning over every rock they tried to bury the truth beneath."

Related: Senate Says Newspapers Are Non-Profits