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Helen Thomas and the Israel Lobby
Paul Craig Roberts claims that Helen Thomas was pushed out by the Wall Street Journal and Israel supporters.
The Drudge Factor
Drudge may be the most influential media figure today. He is read with devotion by political operatives, news editors, television producers, beat reporters and government leaders. Some in Congress even try to prevent their staff from reading Drudge. Fat chance!
CNN in Nose Dive
In a year when America's tea party activists have been surging, cable news networks that slam the grassroots movement have been dying in the ratings. Is it merely coincidence?
The Fourth Estate's Double Standards
Lying, cheating, stealing -- all have been employed by gung-ho members of the Fourth Estate for the sake of the public's right to know. But how far to go?
Most Traffic Growth To UK News Sites Is Coming From U.S.
U. S. Readers not Satisfied with U. S. Media: Web measurer Hitwise says traffic to Brit news sites from across the pond is growing nearly seven times as fast as that domestically.
Glenn Beck Ratings Soar
This month, his show has averaged 2.25 million viewers, 99% more than tuned in during the same period last year, when the network aired “America’s Election HQ” during the time period.
Newspapers Continue Slide
The Audit Bureau of Circulations released this morning the spring figures for the six months ending March 31, 2009, showing that the largest metros continue to shed daily and Sunday circulation -- now at a record rate.
NYT Threatens to Shut Down Boston Globe
The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut the Boston Globe unless the newspaper's unions swiftly agree to $20 million in concessions, union leaders said.
Troubled San Francisco Paper in Danger of Closing
The owner of the San Francisco Chronicle will sell or close the daily newspaper if it can't dramatically lower expenses within the next few months. The Hearst Corp., which owns northern California's largest daily newspaper, didn't specify a savings target in Tuesday's grim announcement.
Hurray! The Big Dailies Are Going Belly Up
Just as Enron collapsed due to fraud committed by the crooks who ran it, the newspaper industry is dying because of the dishonesty of its management in peddling propaganda.
That Crashing Sound You Hear Is Coming from the Country's Newspapers
It didn't take long for the New York Times to strike a deal with Carlos Slim. While the nation was riveted by Barack Obama's inauguration, the New York Times Co. quietly got a $250 million cash infusion from the Mexican telecommunications billionaire.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer is Put up for Sale
Hearst Corp. put Seattle's oldest newspaper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, up for sale on Friday and said that if it can't find a buyer in the next 60 days the paper would likely close or continue to exist only online.
More on Hurting Newspapers
When the Tribune Company announced that it was filing for bankruptcy, last Monday, Sam Zell, the man who bought the company a year ago, for $8.2 billion, said that its problems were the result of a “perfect storm.”
Chicago Papers in Grave Trouble
A little more than a century ago, Chicago boasted 11 daily English-language newspapers. Today, only two major dailies remain in this city of 3 million, and both are in serious trouble from declining circulation, plummeting ad revenue and a new kind of competition that threatens to make newsprint itself obsolete.
Detroit Papers in Trouble
Newspapers are desperately seeking new business models that will help them survive dwindling readership and a deep advertising slump exacerbated by the recession. The latest are the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, which said Monday they will announce "a sweeping set of strategic and innovative changes" on Tuesday.