All the news that fit to ignore…

Posted: August 13, 2010 by datechguy in elections, media
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That apparently is the motto of Torrance Daily Breeze which Stacy McCain reports had this to say about the Republican Candidate in California 36th Mattie Fein

Sent: Aug 11, 2010 12:58 PM
Don’t call or e-mail us – we’ll call you if we’re interested. And if you haven’t got it yet, we’re not interested. And stop sending the same messages to my co-worker Art as well
Thank you.

Considering the way they have handled the sparse coverage they have given her it might be a plus for example:

From July 13th: Fein criticizes Harman over husband’s rumored purchase of Newsweek

Republican congressional candidate Mattie Fein has jumped on a rumor that the spouse of her Democratic rival, South Bay Rep. Jane Harman, is considering whether to purchase Newsweek magazine.

You don’t want to hear about that Mattie Fein: She jumps on rumors.! The fact that Sidney Harman actually did buy Newsweek is totally besides the point, she is a RUMOR MONGER!

Fein claims the Harmans would try to kill stories that were unflattering to the congresswoman or the Democratic Party. She cited a similar instance in 2004, when Jane Harman urged the New York Times not to publish a story about the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program.

See that Claims, she’s making claims just because that conservative organ the New York Times reported that conservative Newsmax was out of the bidding due to ideology doesn’t mean the husband of a democratic congresswoman would be partisian. Saying that would be like claiming we aren’t interested in what that rumor jumping claimant Mattie Fein has to say.

And people wonder why the newspaper industry is having trouble staying afloat?

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  3. TFT says:

    “And people wonder why the newspaper industry is having trouble staying afloat?”

    Er… the newspaper industry is financially struggling because the Internet has eroded the business model. Advertising revenues have been decimated. It’s very simple.

    Actual readership is higher than ever. Newspapers’ content is consumed by more human beings now than ever before. It’s just that those eyeballs don’t translate to dollars to the same degree they previously did, because the advertising model has changed.

    Speaking as a conservative, I can tell you there are problems of liberal bias in some news organizations’ political coverage. That’s obvious. Speaking as someone who doesn’t dismiss the reality of technological changes during the past decade, however, I can tell you that this bias has almost nothing to do with “why the newspaper industry is having trouble staying afloat.”

    I wish it did. I wish the bias were the cause of their financial woes. Because then the solution would be really simple: Get rid of bias, and save journalism, all in one easy swoop. But bias isn’t the cause. Newspaper content is being consumed more than ever. Its audience is bigger than ever. The problem, in other words, isn’t the content. The problem is the business model. You could double the readership for newspaper sites right now, and it wouldn’t change a thing.

    And for that there appears to be no fix. We appear to be headed into a world without full-time professional journalism on any significant scale, and that’s a far more massive issue than some harried reporter sending snappy emails to a political consultant.

    You can wish all you want that the news industry’s woes are being caused by political bias. It reaffirms the way you desire the world to work. I’ve been making these same points to fellow conservatives for years now, and while some occasionally wind up getting it, I know from experience that most don’t budge. The notion that liberalism is hurting newspapers is just too enticing to give up. It seems so perfect, doesn’t it? “Bias exists” and “newspapers are struggling” — voila! Causation!

    What that overlooks is the fact that we conservatives have been griping about press bias for decades. Yet the newspaper industry wasn’t “having trouble staying afloat” back then. The trouble-staying-afloat part only started when the ad business model got decimated by technology — i.e., during the past decade. And the fact that the content is being consumed in higher-than-ever numbers shows that if it weren’t for this ad-model stuff, the industry would be doing just fine.

    At any rate, thanks for providing the place and opportunity to share my remarks.