Patterico's Pontifications

3/11/2009

Quote of the Day

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:42 am



“These options exist: 1) Seek buyer. If no buyer, then 2) Go digital, or 3) Close. No decision has been made.

14 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. Option #2 is fine, and is what all newspapers should be looking toward. That is the future.
    Option #3 is fine also.

    The print papers hanging on to the past are rather like horse dealers refusing to believe that cars will ever really take off. In 1930.

    Vivian Louise (eeeb3a)

  2. Some of the worst smears against the Bush administration came out of the Seattle PI. A little “fair and balanced” reporting might have saved the paper.

    tyree (926e0a)

  3. No decision has been made? But they have a decider right on the premises.

    nk (31b2d3)

  4. Who Decides for The Deciders?

    Techie (9c008e)

  5. Dear Mr. McCumber,

    I’m sorry that you will be losing your job. I feel event worse for the people on the production side of the paper who will be losing their jobs. I understand that you editors and reporters have a hard time with the concept that we, the readers, get to decide what is news and what isn’t, and what is fair and what isn’t. You are finding that out, now, the hard way.

    nk (31b2d3)

  6. Quote of the Day: If you won’t quit, you will surely prevail.

    Emperor7 who now sees the light. (1b037c)

  7. Vivian Louise,

    You are soooooooooo right. While even the dimmest of old-media types knows papers are on the way out, they are still desperately trying to transfer their busted monopoly to the Internet. Getting an anti-trust exemption so all the newspapers can set prices for their Web sites is one delusion.

    Having a tantrum is another popular ploy among the journosaurs — all newspaper Web sites should go dark for a week. That’ll teach the readers!

    I obviously don’t want newspapers to fail, but I do want the journosaurs and biased hacks out of the field as soon as possible, so the rest of us can figure out how to deal with the 21st century.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  8. Dear Mr. McCumber,

    I’m sorry that you will be losing your job. I feel event worse for the people on the production side of the paper who will be losing their jobs. I understand that you editors and reporters have a hard time with the concept that we, the readers, get to decide what is news and what isn’t, and what is fair and what isn’t. You are finding that out, now, the hard way.

    Comment by nk — 3/11/2009 @ 8:13 am

    +100

    no one you know (65b7aa)

  9. i beg to differ: we decided.

    redc1c4 (9c4f4a)

  10. Thank you, noyk #8.

    I think the analogy that the MSM are three kinds of bears, posted here by some Jasmine-scented doe-skin G-string wearer, is totally off the mark. They are being proven to be little dogs barking loudly for our attention and whatever table scraps we may deign to throw to them.

    nk (31b2d3)

  11. nk, you took the words right outta my mouth as soon as I read this post – I’m hoping against hope that we’ll soon see the esteemed editor begging for tips from the commuters on the Seattle ferries each morning. Perhaps some enlightened soul will commence throwing him overboard, preferably near Whidbey Island (they looooove that kind of nonsense there). What.a.farking.douchebag.that.guy.is.

    Dmac (49b16c)

  12. Although, if the newpapers go all digital, I do see a day, not to far in the future, when the government mandates the installation of a govt approved computer in every home in order to provide the underpriveledged with access to government approved “news”.

    I fear that government mandated & approved computer. I really do.

    Vivian Louise (eeeb3a)

  13. The blame for much of the newspaper extinction event in progress rests squarely on the effete journalism schools (e.g, Columbia, Northwestern, Berkeley) which teach students that their job is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, to speak truth to power, and to help make the world a better
    place . . . instead of their true job, which is to get it right and get it first.

    Other than that, I blame Joe Rossi.

    Official Internet Data Office (9055f6)

  14. How much money could it possibly take to make a basic paper leaflet?

    Not much… my thrifty nickel ads and school papers all managed.

    To end the entire paper is stupid. They should downsize ridiculously into a blog that prints the best posts in the next day’s paper, and additionally covers only major important stories. No need for more than ten employees to do that.

    A new model is going to have to develop for papers… but giving up entirely?

    Juan (4cdfb7)


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