Friday, February 27, 2009

End of the Great Newspaper Era

End of the Great
Newspaper Era

Another Great Newspaper Died Today The 150 year old Rocky Mountain News will publish its final paper today, and then fold forever. A CEO told staffers: "Denver can't support two newspapers anymore," and reportedly some of those staffers cried. He added, "The industry is in serious, serious trouble." Thanks for that. [Rocky Mountain News]

Journalism in Crisis
-Only 10 cities have competing newspapers
-In recent years, newsroom and newsprint costs have risen, and the Internet has siphoned advertising dollars and readers, making JOAs increasingly unprofitable

Who will Keep Government Honest?
There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.--John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

Jefferson: The Need for a Newspapers
The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. -- Thomas Jefferson letter to Edward Carrington, 1787.

Dying Newspapers Allowed Corporations to Run America?
Money is the great power today. Men sell their souls for it. Women sell their bodies for it. Others worship it. The money power has grown so great that the issue of all issues is whether the corporation shall rule this country or the country shall again rule the corporations.
--Joseph PulitzerDecember 1878, St. Louis Dispatch

Please Return to Your Primary Mission
The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.-- Adoph Ochs August 18, 1896, New York Times

Goodbye, Colorado From the
Rocky Mountain Newspaper
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to you today. Our time chronicling the life of Denver and Colorado, the nation and the world, is over. Thousands of men and women have worked at this newspaper since William Byers produced its first edition on the banks of Cherry Creek on April 23, 1859. We speak, we believe, for all of them, when we say that it has been an honor to serve you. To have reached this day, the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News, just 55 days shy of its 150th birthday is painful.
The Final Rocky Mountain News Editoral
Editors at this newspaper "have been kidnapped, shot at, caned, pistol-whipped, hanged in effigy . . . Now, it seems, we've been clouted by a recession, an online revolution in publishing and advertising, and changing consumer tastes. You could say it's sad, and you'd be right, but you could also say that it's remarkable how long the Rocky survived given the dynamic swirl of American capitalism. . .

Media Meltdown Hartford Courant To Shed 100 Jobs This Week *** San Francisco Chronicle In Danger Of Closing *** Washington Post Profit Plunges 77% *** READER'S DIGEST GETS BOLD WITH LAUNCHES OF NEW MAGS *** Liz Smith Says Goodbye, Trashes New York Post *** "60 Minutes" Creator Remembers Murrow, Blasts "Unadulterated Drivel" On TV Today Newspaper giant Bill Tatum is dead *** Dolans Mull Fee At Paper *** NEWSDAY plans to charge for online news... *** Newsday to Charge for Online Content *** Cablevision, owners of Newsday, wrote down the paper's value by $402 million today, and plans to start charging viewers for online use. [Reuters] *** The War on Talk Radio (a New York institution) *** The Times To Launch Local Blogging Initiative.

Inspector Clouseau MY EX GAVE 'TIP-OFFS' ON MADOFF - A New York Stock Exchange securities analyst - who is being probed over allegations he tipped off his dad to the federal investigation of Bernie Madoff - said last summer that there "may be" problems at the accused swindler's firm, his estranged wife claims *** Firms defraud government but get new US contracts *** AP Exclusive: Gregg had stake in, won aid for base - Obama's former nominee to become commerce secretary, Sen. Gregg, steered taxpayer money to his home state's redevelopment of a former Air Force base even as he and his brother engaged in real estate deals there *** MADOFF SHIFTED $164M TO NY *** How Mob extorted Qns. condo board *** Cuomo probing political links to state pension biz The AG's office is looking into whether financial firms are using politically connected consultants to get state pension business.

Time for a Debate on the Future of Political Parties
True News Says Political Parties are Undemocratic Tammany’s Ballot Control Again and Again.

Mayor Says they are Less Important Video: Mayor Says Parties Matter Less to Most New Yorkers - Bloomberg Says Political Parties Do Have a Function - I think they are less important to most people than they were in the past.”

The City Bank Of America Bail$ On Yankees *** B'way Bloomy's Road-Kill Plan - PROMISES SPEEDIER, SAFER DRIVES *** MAD MIKE LOVES TOURISTS - BUT HATES NYERS - Peyser *** Mayor shows off plans to shut down Broadway *** Showtime for mayor's plans to shut down Broadway *** Red tape chokes off waterfront in W'burg *** Grandma now lobbying for Flushing waterfront plan From Iron Triangle *** How Gambinos extorted homeowners *** Stimulus to inject $4.7B into NY education system *** Gonzalez: Eva making a bundle at nonprofit schools *** Bam's budget like Christmas in February for NYC *** $3,500,000,000,000! What it means to us *** Gonzalez: Eva making a bundle at nonprofit schools *** Fresh Meadows fighting bus elimination From the Times Ledger:

"We're in an emergency, we're in a crisis. One of the things that is disturbing me about a lot of people right now is they acknowledge that we are in a crisis in the academic sense, but then when you try to respond to the crisis, you start hearing regional and political interests." - Gov. Paterson, complaining about legislative politicking.

Road to City Hall QUINN'S INTERBOROUGH CLASH - appointment of a Queens representative to the position of City Clerk yesterday, infuriating councilmembers in Brooklyn *** Avella vs. the City Hall tweeders *** Manhattan DA Will Not Seek Re-Election *** Parkside Group representing Hooters From the Queens Chronicle *** DA Race Upended *** MORGENTHAU OPTS NOT TO RUN AGAIN *** Morgenthau Won’t Seek Re-election as D.A. *** Quinn's Shot Across The Bow Robert Morgenthau - A brief look back at Manhattan's longest-serving district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau.

Albany Silver minds the gap: Assembly speaker shows guts in backing bridge tolls to save mass transit *** Silver's $2 toll plan getting support *** SILVER STEPS UP - Supports East River Tolls *** Deal For Tolls On Bridges All But 'Done' *** FILMMAKERS TO GOV: ROLL CREDIT$ ***State Senator Sees Conspiracy in His Domestic Violence Rap *** Governors Island Getting No Money from Governor Paterson *** Staff Changes Bring a 'Clintonian Flavor into Paterson Camp' *** Paterson Adviser Has Private Clients and Public Ties *** Cuomo probing political links to state pension biz *** Push in N.Y. for Better Jobless Benefits *** Budget Cuts Force Lottery To Cancel Scholarship Program *** The TU cautioned state lawmakers and Paterson to remember the stimulus money is a one-time-only infusion of cash.

President Obama BAM'S BUDGET: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY *** Obama sets Aug. 2010 as Iraq end date *** Obama Plans to End Combat Mission in Iraq by August 2010 *** Obama calls for generic biotech drugs *** Obama budget gives Dems a roadmap and GOP a target *** $1T IN TAXES IS HELL TO PAY *** Noonan: Obama Looks Presidential *** *** Budget Choices Test Obama’s Political Skills *** A Bold Plan Sweeps Away Reagan Ideas *** BAM'S MONSTER-SIZE BUDGET INFLICTS A DECADE OF PAIN *** BUDGET BUSTER *** DON'T 'BANK' ON OBAMA'S $250B RESERVE PLAN TO FLY *** WIRE: Obama brings back era of big government... *** OBAMA READY TO SHOOT DOWN NKOREA MISSILE? ***Obama wants to raise money via pollution caps, give to poor... *** Obama wants assault weapons ban, other controls... *** Obama Wasn’t Kidding About Health Care *** Obama Funds Health Care by Taxing Wealthy *** PM Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq - WH Blog *** Liveblogging at - WH Blog

Congress Senate to look into effectiveness of CIA methods *** Top Republicans rip into Obama budget proposal... *** John McCain Is Personally Using Twitter *** Surprise: McCain, GOP Support Obama's Iraq Plans But Pelosi Favors Smaller Residual Force *** Senate OKs full voting rights for D.C. *** Senate to Probe CIA Interrogations *** Budget Finds Support, Unease.

Wall Street Mess Senate to look into effectiveness of CIA methods *** GM Lops $800M In Media-biz Spending *** JPMorgan To Ax 12K *** NOW IT'S LEWIS' TURN: BOFA BOSS GETS GRILLED *** TEAR JERKER: UBS' FALLING TO PIECES *** '09 BUDGET SPENDS $11,833 FOR EVERY AMERICAN... *** A $1.75 TRILLION DEFICIT... *** US banks post first quarterly loss since 1990... *** Record Government Note Auction; Unprecedented amount of debt... *** U.S. Agrees to Raise Its Stake in Citigroup *** interfering with plans to spend federal stimulus money - NYP Ed *** Government urging Citigroup to shake up personnel *** GM uses up $6.2B in only 3 months *** U.S. jobless claims now top 5 million *** The Wealthy Lose Out as Many Others Gain *** U.S. GDP Shrank 6.2% in 4th Quarter.

National Report: More agents needed to secure mass transit *** Chinese Scoop Up California Foreclosures... *** Officials: Pentagon OKs media photos of war dead... *** Los Angeles to Appoint a Film Czar *** Palin's travel expenses trip up taxman.

International JEWISH LEADERS: SHE'S NOT THE HILLARY WE KNEW *** Financial crisis sparks unrest in Europe... *** Mass civil liberties rallies planned for UK...