May 07, 2009

Kerry (three purple hearts): Newspapers Face Extinction - Presidential Politics Political News -

Layoffs, closings and cutbacks have turned the nation's newspapers into an endangered species as readers and advertisers rush to Web sites and blogs, a top lawmaker said Wednesday.

maybe that is because there is no such thing as journalistic integrity anymore and we know we have to do it ourselves?

Hours before a Senate hearing on struggling newspapers, Sen. John Kerry (three purple hearts), D-Mass., said steps must be taken so the news media can stay diverse and independent.

How much more diverse can it be, we have AM, FM, Sirius, Newspapers, Broadcast News, 3 Cable News networks, official websites, semi-official websites, personal blogs, twitter…this is about LESS diversity of thought is what it is about.

"As a means of conveying news in a timely way, paper and ink have become obsolete, eclipsed by the power, efficiency and technological elegance of the Internet," Kerry (three Purple hearts) said in prepared remarks. "But just looking at the erosion of newspapers is not the full picture; it's just one casualty of a completely shifting and churning information landscape."

Kerry (three purple hearts), chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, said newspapers resemble an endangered species. The panel was scheduled to hear from Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., who has proposed allowing newspapers to choose tax-exempt status and operate as nonprofits similar to public broadcasting stations.

HELLOOO Pravda! Welcome back fairness doctrine

Papers would no longer be able to make political endorsements, but could report on all issues including political campaigns. Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax-exempt, and contributions to support coverage could be tax deductible under Cardin's plan.

setting up the system for further usurpation and corruption, everyone knows the Drive-By media is extremely heavily weighted liberal.

Cardin has said his bill is aimed at preserving local papers, not large newspaper conglomerates.

…righhhttt… and I have a bridge I would like to sell you…

Kerry (three purple hearts) said he was concerned that traditional journalistic standards on fairness and accuracy could suffer as newspapers falter.

Boy… that is right up there with Turbo Tax Timmah! talking about paying taxes! WHAT JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS?

"Will the emerging news media be more fragmented by interests and political partisanship?" Kerry (three purple hearts) asked. "There also is the important question of whether online journalism will sustain the values of professional journalism, the way the newspaper industry has."

No but it is at least honest in what it is, I say right up front this is a place for conservative ideas. The NY Times masthead does not say “The NY Times, official Newspaper of the Barack Obama Administration”

The Boston Globe in Kerry's (three purple hearts) home state is the latest major paper facing the threat of closure unless it can cut costs. The Globe and its largest employees union reached a tentative deal early Wednesday on concessions that union officials hope will keep the 137-year-old newspaper publishing.

So the bill aimed at keeping small town newspapers in business, you know small towns like BOSTON.

Shocker…it is failing and it is unionized.

And surprise!, This is happening in Kerry’s (three purple hearts) hometown AND he is promoting this bill. What a Kawinky Dink.

Already this year, E.W. Scripps Co. closed the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and Hearst Corp. stopped printing the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, making it online only.

so… the same journalists can work there, and probably make a little more money or at least the same and instead of having to send it to a printing press, they click publish. And this destroys the industry how? To be honest with you, I have never been able to read a newspaper, I make a mess out of it everywhere. I can read the same thing on my PHONE. why would I want a newspaper. In ten years the kids of today will think newspapers on paper, or probably ANYTHING on paper is silly. Google: “Kindle reader”

The Christian Science Monitor stopped daily publication in favor of a weekly print edition with online news. Other major newspaper companies, including the owner of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Among those scheduled to testify are Arianna Huffington, editor-and-chief of The Huffington Post, and David Simon, who is a former reporter at The Baltimore Sun and creator of the HBO drama "The Wire."

so someone who runs a blog, and a guy who quit the paper business to go to TV are the people speaking favor of this? Makes sense to me!

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