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From CNN:

The Rocky Mountain News, gone. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, gone.

The chain that owns the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune is in bankruptcy. Other papers, large and small, are teetering on the brink.

On Monday, the Ann Arbor (Michigan) News announced that it will publish its last edition in July. Taking its place will be a Web site called AnnArbor.com.

Three other Michigan newspapers announced Monday they are reducing their publications to three days a week. The Flint Journal, The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times will publish print editions on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, according to the mlive.com Web site, as research shows those are the highest readership days for newspapers.

And the Charlotte Observer announced Monday it will cut its staff by 14.6 percent and reduce the pay of most of the employees it keeps.

The situation now looks grim for The Tucson Citizen. In the past 25 years, circulation at Arizona’s oldest newspaper has dwindled from 65,000 to 17,000. The Gannett Co. paper could fold if a buyer can’t be found.

At least 120 newspapers in the U.S. have shut down since January 2008, according to Paper Cuts, a Web site tracking the newspaper industry. More than 21,000 jobs at 67 newspapers have vaporized in that time, according to the site.

More bad news could be coming this week as newspapers struggle to meet challenges posed by changing reader habits, a shifting advertising market, an anemic economy, and the newspaper industry’s own early strategic errors.

Amid the decline comes concern over who, if anyone, can assume newspapers’ traditional role as a watchdog. For more than 200 years, that role has been an integral part of American democracy….

Many industry analysts agree many more papers will soon become extinct. Most two-newspaper towns will likely disappear, perhaps by the end of 2009, some experts say.

Among the next newspapers to go, experts say, are major metropolitan dailies relying on an expensive business model that requires costly newsprint consumption and gas-guzzling deliveries.

The quirky San Francisco Chronicle is reported to be circling the drain. If it were to close, San Francisco would be the first big U.S. city without a major daily paper.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Boston Globe are bleeding about $1 million a week, according to a media report issued by the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism. Experts say more big-city papers are expected to follow the example of Gannett’s Detroit Free Press, which started cutting back on print edition delivery in December.

75 comments Add your comment

Wingnut contributor

March 24th, 2009
7:48 am

U LIBRAZL DEESERVE IT!!!!!11!!!

I Report/ You Whine

March 24th, 2009
7:48 am

I heard the 1,000,000 a week figure somewhere before and I find it hard to believe, which one of you libs is embezzling from the Urinal?

Just kidding, I know you guys are typical liberals, throwing big piles of other people’s money around is standard practice, see Oblahma, barak.

I wonder how much longer that will last, that being the United States of America.

Copyleft

March 24th, 2009
7:50 am

Prepare for the inevitable cavalcade of ignoranat right-wing comments shouting “Newspapers are LIBERAL and EVIL, and THAT’s why they’re failing!” In complete contradiction to the facts, of course.

I Report/ You Whine

March 24th, 2009
7:53 am

Yesterday’s Urinal-

Obama leans against bonus tax- Washington —- President Barack Obama wagered significant political capital Sunday, signaling opposition to a highly popular congressional drive to slap a punitive 90 percent tax on bonuses to big earners at financial institutions already deeply in hock to taxpayers.

Today’s Drudge Report-

The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, according to an administration document.

Lying on behalf of the democrats does not a solid future make, providing cover for political malfeasance at the expense of respect for your readership is highly offensive and demeaning.

But your pinko readership doesn’t seem to mind, hahaha.

I wonder if they even know?

G

March 24th, 2009
7:56 am

If political leanings are the reason newspapers are dying, then why did the New York Sun close last year and why is the New York Post losing millions each year? Both are right-wing newspapers.

What’s killing all newspapers is a decline in advertising, especially classified ads. Why pay $100 for an ad when you can place an ad at craigslist for free?

Newspapers already were in trouble. This Bush-Cheney depression is hastening their demise. But reporting will still be around. Reporters will simply move completely to online, where their audience is worldwide. So those on the right who are gleeful at the demise of newspapers are celebrating prematurely and should realize that online journalism is capable of reaching an audience of billions.

Redneck Convert

March 24th, 2009
7:58 am

Well, seems to me if a newspaper wants to stay in business it will write things that people want to read. Like making sure every story gives the Conservative side and blasts the libruls. It’s the Conservatives that have the money to buy papers and they won’t spend it to read about librul things.

That’s why I watch Fox News and turn my back when the missus has a librul station on. You can always count on getting the godly Conservative side of everything on Fox News. I don’t want to hear a bunch of libruls argue about things. Just to be fair Fox News puts a librul on now and again, but they make sure he’s up against three or four Conservatives to make him look bad.

Anyhow, if the AJC wants to stay in business it needs to fire libruls like Bookman and this Luckovitch and Tucker and hire a whole bunch of Wootens to take their place. This is a Conservative state and the customer is always right. I don’t know from one day to the next what the news is going to be but I sure want to hear nothing but the Conservative side of it. We got the right to make sure there ain’t nothing that will make us see the other side of things. Like they say about Art, I don’t know what it is but I know what I like. Besides, if I want to know I might could be wrong about something I’ll just listen to the missus and not pay good money to buy a paper. She’s always able to point out my faults.

Have a good day everybody.

AmVet

March 24th, 2009
7:59 am

And those poor misunderstood, staunch defenders of the truth and all things patriotic, the American faux conservatives, moronically believe this is truly Great News for them and their mission!

But the damning information regarding their historical and ongoing incompetence, willful blindness and unbridled corruption is still out there anyway. (If ONLY the BushCo drones had done a better job of getting their message out!)

The vehicle does not matter. The facts do and those almost always work against the Republiconned…

Hell, better yet, who needs a free press?

Let’s just let the government tell us just what they want us to know.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
8:05 am

Jay,

I can’t even remember the last time our little nearby town had two newspapers (if ever) or even one that published more than once weekly. If it were not for the local ads stuffed in it, there would be very little bulk to it but myself and many others are certainly thankful that we have that little paper and its little staff. Some might just be amazed at the content that they still manage to deliver. I am sure glad to have them around. Given the very important local issues that they have brought to light for we the people over the years, they have more than earned our respect. Of course, some of the people that they have brought forth into the light might think otherwise. HeHeHeHe. Speaking of shining some light, how’s our favorite property tax dodger, Sonny, doing with that $20 million loan. Has he defaulted and dumped his commitments on we the people yet. I just never cease to be amazed with the Republicans and their “family values”.

I Report/ You Whine

March 24th, 2009
8:07 am

JONATHON PORRITT, one of Gordon Brown’s leading green advisers, is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce its population if it is to build a sustainable society.“ Each person in Britain has far more impact on the environment than those in developing countries so cutting our population is one way to reduce that impact.”- TimesOnLine

And how do we propose doing that?

Insane in the membrane.

ew

catlady

March 24th, 2009
8:08 am

Our little weekly local paper may be the wave of the future!

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

March 24th, 2009
8:09 am

“Amid the decline comes concern over who, if anyone, can assume newspapers’ traditional role as a watchdog. For more than 200 years, that role has been an integral part of American democracy….”

You have got to be kidding me powerlineblog.com has been doing a heckuva netter job than the AJC. Rember CBS’ made up ANG lie about President Bush, the AJC and liberal media swalloed it hook, line, and sinker. It was Powerline that identified the malicious lie and, even then, the AJC would not report on it until finally forced to do so.

Joe Matarotz

March 24th, 2009
8:10 am

Jay, it looks like you need to be polishing up your resume. Here’s a helpful hint: Don’t use this column as an example of your work. Good luck!

jon

March 24th, 2009
8:15 am

Newspapers will go the way of the pay phone. Books and DVD discs will soon follow.

I’ll miss them, (newspapers, not pay phones) but technology moves on. The ability to instantly update content makes the on-line version far superior, and in demand.

Maybe fish-wrapping paper and bird-cage liners are good investments.

G

March 24th, 2009
8:18 am

Taxpayer @ 8:05,

>>I just never cease to be amazed with the Republicans and their “family values”.<<

Ain’t that the truth!

I Report/ You Whine

March 24th, 2009
8:18 am

Most likely, cries will go up that the buyers were allowed to underpay for the assets and thus make a killing.-WallStreetJournal

You reckon?

And that “killing” will look good stuffed inside my mattress.

If the dollar is still worth anything, sigh.

Mrs. Godzilla

March 24th, 2009
8:19 am

I’ll miss newpapers. Sunday morning, laying around with Mr. G and Joe….coffee cups, bacon and the Arts Section.

However, I can get more info, much quicker and more in depth with a few simple key strokes. Newspapers are no longer practical.

If they had done a better job of serious investigative journalism in the last few years, they might have been able to extend their lifespan by a few years.

Ray

March 24th, 2009
8:19 am

No matter your political leanings, I will miss spreading out the Sunday paper, funnies and all, and relaxing over a cup of coffee while the family is still in bed. Sort of a special time. Just like I miss my Smith-Corona.

Cherokee

March 24th, 2009
8:27 am

I’ll miss newspapers too.

And as to the incredibly goofy comments that they – including the AJC – are on the decline because they’re “liberal” here’s an item to check out.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/23/AR2009032302972.html?hpid=topnews

Turns out that bastion of conservative thought – NPR – is having record success in their ratings. Why? Perhaps because people in the reality based community realize they can get real news there, as opposed to the right wing pablum they’re fed on Faux.

Good luck Jay – I will go out and renew my subscription today.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
8:28 am

Mrs. G,

We are probably not that far away from affordable holographic projections that could be used to display a virtual newspaper via your internet or satellite connection right in front of that cup o joe. You could also link your internet to a 60-inch LCD TV and even emulate flipping through the full-size pages. We just have to adapt to the changes. Republicans cannot do that for it goes against their so-called conservative nature. That’s why folks like McCain cannot use a computer. He’s an old dog with no new tricks.

ByteMe

March 24th, 2009
8:31 am

I definitely do not miss my Smith-Corona, although sometimes I still bang on my computer keyboard keys with the same force, even if it’s no longer required.

Newsprint is slowly going away and will be replaced by things like the Kindle or text-to-speech readers. Reporters and the press will be with us as long as they are protected by the Constitution and have an audience that is willing to pay for their output.

The “everything is free” model of the Internet will soon change as well, since advertising revenue there is becoming more fragmented and producing less revenue for many companies.

Joey

March 24th, 2009
8:31 am

Former subscribers and potential subscribers have been sending messages to the AJC with their pocketbook and in letters for years. The AJC has given lip service to those messages by pledging again and again to provide a newspaper that serves everyone in the area. Each time proved to be a false promise or a failed effort.

Recently the AJC once more promised to change the paper. To make it inclusive. To serve the entire metro area and its diverse population.

Will they succeed? I doubt it. The people who are leading this effort do not understand, nor want to understand, the wants and needs of: The sub-urbs, the ex-urbs, the rural areas, or the small cities and towns. Ditto any non-Progressive political view.

Assuming the latest effort is sincere, is it to little and to late?

Mrs. Godzilla

March 24th, 2009
8:33 am

Taxpayer

Will the holographic images be big enough for us trifocalists to read?

G

March 24th, 2009
8:44 am

Today is the 20th anniversary of the worst oil spill in US waters. Some areas are nearly as toxic as the first few weeks after the spill. So sad.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29838444/

Mac

March 24th, 2009
8:48 am

The market for news is still there. Bigger than ever. Where it will come from I don’t know. We need news, “print” news, though not necessarily from newspapers. What many people don’t realize is that despite, TV, wire services, etc., most news stories originate from newspaper reporting. Newspapers have the biggest newsrooms in most markets. Without those newsrooms, the flow of information will take a serious hit. However, because there is a big demand for what they produce, someone (I hope) will figure out a way to make those newsrooms profitable. We need what they produce. Bloggers, by the way, get almost all their news from newspapers. They do very little original reporting themselves.

Davo

March 24th, 2009
8:50 am

Neat concept, Bookman. As if your blog isn’t free-standing enough, now you can’t even be bothered to come up with a title. We get to decide? OK…how about, ‘Bloated Fish-Wrappers real under Employees Laziness’ -or- ‘Journalistic Credibility Get It’s Due for Giving Bush a Pass’ Which is kinda long but accurate.

BTW, your nobel-winning Keynesian has just written the death sentence for Obama’s bailouts…http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20090323/cm_thenation/45420425

Bosch

March 24th, 2009
8:51 am

Question. Were typewriters, pay phones, rotary phones, those early cell phones that you carried around in a suitcase, and cameras with film, computers that took up a room, or even email that was in DOS all part of some kind of left wing conspiracy?

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
8:52 am

Joey

March 24th, 2009
8:54 am

I much prefer having my print version of the AJC and Gwinnett Daily Post as my primaries, with the internet to fill voids. I really hope that The AJC does not fail.

Reasons to prefer the printed paper:
1. The laptop burns your legs when taking your morning bathroom break.
2. It is very inconvenient to take a laptop to the coffee shop or to lunch. Even when coffee and lunch are taken in the office break room.
3. I tire quickly of scrolling and clicking and clicking back to go from one story to another.
4. I find there are more stories, fillers but interesting, in the printed news.

Bosch

March 24th, 2009
8:55 am

Oh, and those Beta things (prior to VCRs) and VCRS, and 8-track tapes, and cassette tapes, and reel to reel tapes (those are cool) and tintypes, and baby strollers that were too big to fit in a car trunk –

Were they also part of the left wing liberal conspiracy?

AmVet

March 24th, 2009
8:56 am

The more I read Meghan McCain, the more sense she makes. Even though she’s only 24.

McCain like her dad is in some ways, the tiniest shred of hope, honor and decency in a party replete with dishonorable scumbags and outdated fools…

“I think anyone that would possibly think that the president is not taking the economy seriously — I just think it’s ridiculous.”

“I consider myself a progressive Republican. I am liberal on social issues. And I think that the party is at a place where social issues shouldn’t be the issues that define the party. And I have taken heat, but in fairness to me, I am a different generation than the people that are giving me heat.”

Do tell, Meghan.

That the Old White Guy Party she refers to idolizes their vitriolic, reality challenged oracles like Mannish Coulter, Madame Malkin and Laura “No place in the GOP for fat-asses” Ingraham says all one needs to know about them, their dying legacy and their despairing future.

Good riddance…

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
8:58 am

Jay:

As I have said before in the past, all joking aside, I would hate to see the AJC go down that road. As an old baby-boomer I enjoy “reading” the newspaper. I even read some of the same articles over again after seeing them here.

However, much of the blame regarding the cuts you have already had to make are the AJC’s fault. You are trying to sell a product yet you alienate on a regular basis (through the AJC’s overall liberal slant) at least half and maybe more of your intended audience?

Remember the days when the “more conservative” Journal was separate and we had a choice? The papers were combined but slowly the “conservatism” part went away.

Why are the major t.v. networks also struggling vs. Fox News, etc.

What do you expect?

Jay

March 24th, 2009
8:58 am

Davo, if what you find here does not please you, you are free to go elsewhere. It’s a big, wide Internet out there.

Instead, you’re actling like the guy who shows up at the same restaurant every morning, orders pancakes, and then complains about the terrible pancakes.

And then he shows up the next morning to do it all over again.

Personally, I think you DO like the pancakes. You like them a lot. You just like complaining even more.

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
9:00 am

Mr. G.:

If a couple of those volcanos I have been reading about blow they will put more toxic ash in the atmosphere than all of the cars ever invented.
Please make sure that doesn’t happen.

hryder

March 24th, 2009
9:01 am

The majority of people have bias due to their personal circumstances in life. The greatest and smallest problems arise because most of these people seldom recognize their personal biases and, the same in others, conducting themselves as if they are always correct and others always wrong. This encludes those who report “news”. If you do not believe this true just attempt to recall the popoohing and vehement personal attacks of anyone questioning the qualifications of people recently elected or appointed to federal office. These same “news” people are now critizing these people in power claiming being mislead. NO!!!! The word is ignorance. Ignorance of your biases and refusing to accept that possibility, actually consider facts and others views, adjust your biases accordingly, and become capable of and actually admit in public that you were incorrect. Not saying, as two notorious political leaders have, I welcome consideration and compromise, as long as it is my view being the accepted outcome. Little difference than saying, I am king/queen, off with their heads!

Disgusted

March 24th, 2009
9:06 am

Nice put-down of the pompous and astringent Davo, Jay.

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
9:14 am

OFF TOPIC:

Local Headline: DeKalb approves Marine high school
Activists say military school a ploy to boost recruiting, vow to fight … WELL DUH !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iVAvb5_oXY

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
9:18 am

Jay:

What about my 8:58. I (and a few others) am an exception in our AJC subcription. Most of my conservative friends say “why do you buy that rag”?

I don’t mean this unkindly, but my reply is always “I read it like an intelligence report. You must know your enemy.”

Now that said, if the AJC was to improve its subscription volume, shouldn’t you be doing the right things to survive? I know it’s tough but wouldn’t that mean doing things to attract conservative readers ?

Your call ………..

AmVet

March 24th, 2009
9:24 am

Davo on Jeopardy — I’ll take Bookman’s Pancakes for $200 Alex.”

Occassionally some desperate neo-con here tries to assert that this is still fundamentally a center-right country. Really? On which planet?

The United States of America is a liberal country. Thank (your favorite deity here.)

“And compared to the rest of the world, it’s not even close. We are one of the bastions of liberalism. In fact, the United States has almost always led the world in being progressive. We created the United Nations, we rebuilt our enemies through the Marshall Plan, we pushed for human rights throughout the world, we established the idea of freedom of speech and of the press, and the list goes on and on. We are a liberal country and proud.”

And to enforce that point, look no further than the past two elections – a combined 61- 4 annihalation for the neo-conned.

Wake up faux conservatives – you are fighting, if that is really the correct word, a losing battle.

Your fraud version of non-conservative conservatism has only the tiniest pulse left. And your hijacked GOP is mortally wounded. Better get your wills in order, you walking dead…

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
9:25 am

THIS IS REALLY STARTING TO GET SCARY !

HEADLINE: Obama Seeks Expanded Power to Seize Firms …

This has got to stop !

@@

March 24th, 2009
9:25 am

…and to think, jay, it wasn’t all that long ago that “colored” print was all the rage.

Welcome to the new america!

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
9:27 am

To AmVet:

Serious question. Are you really a veteranarian or does that stand for “military” veteran ?

oldmac

March 24th, 2009
9:33 am

Maybe this letter will arrive just in time:

http://www.scrappleface.com/?p=3404

MN

Jay

March 24th, 2009
9:35 am

Three points, corporal:

1. I don’t think a newspaper should try to pander its audience or tell them the things it wants to hear. It becomes boring that way, and boring is a death sentence.

2. Every newspaper of every philosophy — just about every print product of any kind — is facing similar troubles. It is a technology-driven phenomenon, not an ideology-driven phenomenon. And it’s less circulation-related than advertising-related. Advertising budgets are simply disappearing.

3. Within our four-county main distribution and coverage area — Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb — Obama won with almost 60 percent of the vote.

ByteMe

March 24th, 2009
9:43 am

Jay, you keep thinking facts are going to somehow change their distorted view of reality. It’s because you’re a liberal that you have HOPE that they’ll CHANGE, huh?

Just had to see if I could do that in a sentence with a straight face.

Nope :lol:

AmVet

March 24th, 2009
9:43 am

Corporal,

The only animals I’ve ever worked on were in my youth, and saw the business end of a 12 gauge or 30-30…

AmVet

March 24th, 2009
9:45 am

OK peeps, off to pay for more corporate welfare. And the occupation…

See you good folks later…

G

March 24th, 2009
9:45 am

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rushpublicant-Minn.: I Want People Armed And Dangerous Over Obama Tax Plan

Oh Michele,
I was just beginning to miss you – you hadn’t popped your head up and said anything stupid in almost a week.
If my vote counted, I would vote to have Bachmann and Palin duct taped together and left out on an ice floe to witness global warming first hand.

Maybe Dick “The Penguin” Cheney will bring them a fish.

ESR

March 24th, 2009
9:48 am

Don’t worry Followers, Candidate Obama will seize control of all newspapers and soon we’ll see his image in full military dress in pulp, daily. Too bad we still don’t have outhouses.

Truth

March 24th, 2009
9:48 am

I can honestly say that one of those ajc sales people knocked on my door one day and said subscribing to the ajc would help her pay for school and I told her no way was I gonna support Cynthia Tucker… The girl had no idea who Cynthia Tucker was! haha

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
9:59 am

To Jay:

I hear you but even a 15% increase would help you tremendously.

I disagree on the “pandering” part as the AJC panders to the left everyday.

I wish you well but you guys are in trouble ………

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
9:59 am

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is set to argue for the new powers at a hearing today on Capitol Hill about the furor over bonuses paid to executives at American International Group, which the government has propped up with about $180 billion in federal aid. Administration officials have said that the proposed authority would have allowed them to seize AIG last fall and wind down its operations at less cost to taxpayers.

The Fed already has the authority to seize banks and AIG got into the formerly lucrative business of insuring bank holdings, etc., with their CDSs. So, I think that the Republican party’s desire to leave companies like AIG free to do as they see fit helped to put us all in this fine mess that we are in now. Of course, others would likely claim that too much regulation actually led us to this point. There. Now, I too can claim to be Fair and Balanced.

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
10:00 am

AmVet:

10-4. I won’t tell PETA.

Cherokee

March 24th, 2009
10:05 am

Corporal go back and read my earlier post – the idea that the AJC is in trouble because it’s lieberal is just silly – another straw man erected by righties.

Observer

March 24th, 2009
10:09 am

Jay Bookman @ 9:35am writes, “Within our four-county main distribution and coverage area — Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb — Obama won with almost 60 percent of the vote.”

That statement, while accurate, is deliberately misleading – of course, being a reporter, you are experienced in this art form.

Obama won Fulton and DeKalb Counties overwhelmingly. He did not win Cobb County at all, much less with 60% of the vote. I don’t recall (and don’t have the time at the moment to research it) but I don’t believe Obama won Gwinnett either.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
10:11 am

The Corporal,

If the paper could get enough advertising, they could give away the newspaper. That little amount they charge for the paper is as much psychological as it is anything — that plus revenue to pay for delivery. Of course, that is just my opinion since I have never actually had any involvement with the newspaper business. Then, there are people that will go out and pay $10.00 for a fiction novelette and complain about paying a few bucks for a newspaper.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
10:18 am

The numbers:

Gwinnett: 44% Obama to 55% Big Mac
Cobb: 45% Obama to 54% Big Mac
Fulton: 67% Obama to 32% Big Mac
Dekalb: 79% Obama to 20% Big Mac

Further, the head count is even more impressive for Obama and hence provides more validity for favoring news stories that would be more likely viewed by Obama supporters. But, as Jay says, that’s not how it’s done.

ByteMe

March 24th, 2009
10:23 am

Observer: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/states/president/georgia.html

You are indeed correct; Obama had Dekalb 80%, Fulton 67%, Cobb 45%, Gwinnett 44%. However, the reality is that 60% of the population in the four counties the AJC serves voted for Obama. You can say “well, no one in my neighborhood voted for him, so that still means the AJC should slant things more conservatively” but that cuts off THE MAJORITY of the population, which was Jay’s point.

BTW, Gwinnett will likely go for the Democrat in the next election. The demographics are rapidly changing there. Cobb, not so much.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
10:24 am

The numbers behind the numbers for those that will not take the time to get their facts straight before giving us their facts:

Gwinnett 129,025votes for Obama 158,746votes for McCain
Cobb 141,216votes for Obama 170,957votes
Fulton 272,000votes for Obama 130,136votes
DeKalb 254,594votes for Obama 65,581votes

ESR

March 24th, 2009
10:25 am

Taxpayer, the Obama metro area county by county voting numbers coincide with the crime rates. The look of shock on my face!

Only Criminals Vote for Obama

March 24th, 2009
10:36 am

As indicated by the wingnuts that follow Jay’s columns with the indefatigable persistence of a annoying child, shifting to user-driven-content will be a wonderful trade-up.

Yeah right…

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
10:44 am

ESR,

Feel free to post any studies that you have that establish correlations between Obama voters and crime. I’m sure it will be enlightening. What, you say you are yet another one of those people that does not let facts get in the way of their phalanges. Well!

ByteMe

March 24th, 2009
10:49 am

Taxpayer: as I said to Jay a few comments above: they aren’t interested in letting inconvenient things like facts distort their view of reality.

Observer

March 24th, 2009
10:55 am

My point was not that Jay’s statement was incorrect – I stated quite clearly that it was, in fact, correct. My point was that the way Jay chose to report his “correct” statement was (in my opinion) deliberately misleading. By lumping the four counties together and stating that they went 60% to Obama would cause someone to draw the clear inference that all four counties supported Obama. In fact, only half of them did.

I think this is a very small example of the overall quality of “correct” but misleading reporting that a subscriber consistently receives from the AJC.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
10:58 am

Jay did not pick some random grouping of counties to use in his comments. He picked the ones associated with the AJC. Now, he would have been misleading to exclude one or more of those four counties while talking about the AJC’s coverage area.

RW-(the original)

March 24th, 2009
11:03 am

The simple truth is that the printed newspaper has gone the way of the horse and buggy. It has no place in today’s world, but as the various media companies convert to their online presence they would be well served not to have writers that deliberately try to run off what few readers they have for the smallest of criticisms.

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
11:04 am

Cherokee and Taxpayer”

Agree to Disagree. Thanks for your input.

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
11:09 am

The [Nanny state of mind] Corporal,

First of all,

What the hell are you even talking about.

Second,

There is nothing in my presentation of just the facts to agree to disagree about.

You’re welcome though.

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 24th, 2009
11:21 am

I think the fact that the AJC has chosen to focus on four counties is a mistake. They used to circulate in about a third to half of the state. As their focus became more and more inward they lost more subscribers in the outlying areas. Of course newspapers everywhere are in trouble but that’s something they could do something about. It’s their call though.

D.A.

March 24th, 2009
11:41 am

taxpayer, just go to GBI’s website.
it is—- gbi.georgia.gov
They have a breakdown in crime rates by county, let me know what you find out?

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
12:00 pm

D.A.,

Summarize for us instead of acting like you are entitled to my analysis and reporting — for free, even.

Night Train

March 24th, 2009
12:01 pm

Taxpayer, does this study explain the VCR (violent crime rate) by political parties?

http://arts.bev.net/RoperLDavid/politics/ViolentCrime.htm#table

The Corporal

March 24th, 2009
12:12 pm

Taxpayer:

As you wish ……….

CommunistAJC

March 24th, 2009
12:26 pm

Jay Bookman…..GONE

Taxpayer

March 24th, 2009
12:31 pm

Night Train at 12:01, No.

Hermes

March 24th, 2009
11:42 pm

Jay, technological innovation and lack of advertising are major factors and so are subscribers who are the targets of the advertisers. Subscriptions are down, right? I don’t expect a paper to pander to its readers, but I do expect it to report the news, not omit stories unfavorable to political parties or particular groups, be they political, racial or otherwise. No filtering or slanting of news to fit the paper’s political agenda, just the news. If you don’t care about what your readers want or think about your basic mission of news reporting, we’ll see you online soon.