The Last Days Of The Media

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    [Amazing to find "red meat" like this on a Thursday of all days. Daniel Greenburg, Sultan Knish, a CAIR designated hate site, expounds on the print media's woes. Love it. Now when do we get around to rounding up all the George Stephanopouloses, Rachel Maddows, and Ed Schultzes?]

    "The magazine business isn't what it used to be. In the last ten years, Newsweek lost 2.5 million readers, and its newsstand sales are hardly worth mentioning. A full-page ad in it costs less than the price of a luxury car. Sold for a buck to the husband of an influential Congresswoman, merged with an internet site, it survives only by building issues around provocative essays and covers.

    If you want to understand why Newsweek put a badly photoshopped picture of Obama with a gay halo on its cover or features Romney doing a number from The Book of Mormon, you need only look at those numbers. Fifteen years ago desperate tactics like that were for alt weeklies like The Village Voice, but Time and Newsweek are the new Village Voice. Or the new Salon.

    There is no news business anymore, just media trolls looking for a traffic handout, feeding off manufactured controversies that they create and then report on. Magazines and sites struggling to stay alive while preaching to a narrow audience which likes essays by leftist cranks and mocking pictures of conservatives. And they're not alone; any magazine that still covers politics, covers it in the same exact way.

    There are house-style differences between the New Yorker, which still features its trademark cartoons, and Vanity Fair and Esquire, and Time and Newsweek, but they are all basically the same. The same essays repeating the same views for the same audience; all of them fighting for that small slice of urban yuppie audience which DVR's Mad Men, has Michael Chabon novels on the shelf that it hasn't read yet and is forty percent gay.

    The real 1 percent is right there. That small elitist fragment of America which writes books for itself, makes TV shows for itself and writes outraged articles for itself about a tiny 1 percent elite that runs everything. It has its own books, its own TV shows, its own music, its own stores, its own stations, its own brands and now it has most of the magazines to itself. It's a claustrophobic village raising its own inner child with inane repetitions of its narrow-minded views.

    If I'm reading through a long mocking piece on Midwestern Republican primary voters who support Michele Bachmann, a sensitive piece on gay teenagers being bullied in school or an essay by a Muslim columnist on American Islamophobia, how can I tell which magazine I'm reading? Easy, is it the one with a gay Obama on the cover or the one with a woman breastfeeding a three-year-old?

    The story is no longer the story. Now the cover is the story with magazines reporting on their own covers, which become the story. And the story? Who cares about the story really. You can know everything about the story by glancing at the cover. And then you don't have to buy it anymore, which explains why newsstand sales aren't doing too well."

    Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield
     
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    LOL. Now why should I be suprised that 'Conservatives' never get beyond the covers? Have you actually considered that most things written are done so for people that have the ability to read?
     
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    Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the National Enquirer..........

    Inquiring dupes want to know
     
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    One has a choice of what you wish to read. You don't have to read those magazines. There are periodicals with good content, but they are more difficult to read. They have many words of more than two syllables.
     
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    maybe we shouldnt have created politically driven news like Faux huh?

    They paid the big bucks in court so they could lie to their viewers
     
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    Well you have Fox on the right, and CNN on the left................Fair and balanced cable news
     

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