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Keep it Local

So, Brian “BRINO?” Tierney buys local newspapers from nasty, out-of-town and out-of-touch Knight-Ridder and promises a fresh start for Philadelphia newspapers.

He then promptly runs the business into the ground dispensing the same DNC-flavored Kool-Aid as every other major city press.

Now he’s bankrupt and trying to re-organize without selling to another “outsider,” huh?

Well, BRINO, here’s a few ideas on how to bring the press back to respectability in Philly:

  1. Sell off that “Newspaper That Shall Not Be Named” to a competitor.  I know, I know: this is Philadelphia and between the Democratic Party, trade unions and the Phillies in the National League East, we no longer grasp the concept of  “competition.”  But you used to run a business, Brian, so you should still remember the rules of capitalism – its what made this country.
  2. Fire the ENTIRE editorial board.  Bring in people who understand “fair and balanced.”  Hell, it works for Fox News,…
  3. Stick to reporting NEWS.  Michael Jackson isn’t news.  He’s entertainment.  Leave his plastic, pedophilic corpse to People Magazine.  Hire reporters, not puppets with a leftist agenda.

If not, then here’s to the New York Post opening up a branch here in town.


Cross-posted at Bitter American

August 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm
  • August 26, 2009 at 9:18 pmHarl Delos

    If anyone understands “Fair and Balanced”, it surely would be News Corp, which owns FNC, right? They just announced a $203 million LOSS for the fourth quarter, compared to a $1.1 billion profit the year before.

    Part of that loss was the New York Post, which hasn’t broken even any year this millenium. It’s currently losing $30 million a year, all by itself.

    I don’t know of ANY daily general-circulation newspaper with circulation of 40,000 or more that’s profitable, and as a former newspaper owner, I keep my ear to the ground.

    The largest afternoon newspaper in the state of Pennsylvania was the Lancaster New Era, which was a Republican newspaper. They closed up shop about a month ago, even though Lancaster is doing well, compared to the rest of the country, in riding out the economy.

    There are profitable weeklies. They aren’t newspapers so much as wrappers for preprint advertising supplements. There are profitable specialty newspapers. Small dailies, in markets where there is no television station to compete with them, might be profitable; I don’t know, it’s hard to tell.

    Generally speaking, the Republican newspapers have been failing even faster than the Democratic ones, not because of politics, but because traditionally, afternoon newspapers which were read by factory workers were Republican, while morning newspapers, which were read by white-collar workers, were Democratic.

    If I owned the Philadelphia newspapers, I’d be handing every reporter a video camera, and turning the website into “the Philadelphia News Channel”. What’s killing newspapers is the cost of buying newsprint, running presses, and maintaining a delivery fleet. Circulation revenue is only about 12% of the income of a newspaper – it doesn’t even fully cover the cost of delivering it. Advertising pays the bills, and dead-tree newspapers simply cannot compete with broadcast and internet advertising, which doesn’t have all that overhead.

  • August 28, 2009 at 9:49 pmEd Angiolillo

    Philadelphia’s only conservative paper, the Evening Bulletin, went belly up, too. That FNC lost money on all of its holdings, NY Post included, doesn’t surprise me. Its called a ‘recession.’ Look it up,…

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