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L.A. Times Circulation: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Blog Posts

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 9:35 pm

The chart says it all:

L.A. Times Plunging Circulation

[UPDATE: View the original chart here. The time period is from 1990-2009.]

Complete the sentence: the L.A. Times‘s circulation is plummeting faster than . . .


  1. …Barack Obama’s favorability ranking!

    Comment by h2u (147639) — 10/28/2009 @ 9:37 pm

  2. …Baron Davis’ assist-to-turnover ratio.

    Comment by h2u (147639) — 10/28/2009 @ 9:38 pm

  3. … the value of your 401(k) over the last year

    By the way, what’s the X-axis? What’s the time frame?

    Comment by JayC (0a3ab7) — 10/28/2009 @ 9:43 pm

  4. Falling faster than a Olbergasm falling to his knees when Barcky walks into the room.

    Comment by JD (b9cdd4) — 10/28/2009 @ 9:53 pm

  5. … Bernie Madoff’s list of Facebook friends.

    Comment by DRJ (dff2ca) — 10/28/2009 @ 9:54 pm

  6. Heh. I’d like to see Newsweek and Time on there, too. Meanwhile …

    Marty DiBergi: The last time Tap toured America, they were, uh, booked into 10,000-seat arenas, and 15,000 seat venues, and it seems that now, on their current tour they’re being booked into 1,200-seat arenas, 1,500-seat arenas, and, uh, I was just wondering, does this mean, uh … the popularity of the group is waning?

    Ian Faith: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no … no, no, not at all. I, I, I just think that the … uh … their appeal is becoming more selective.

    Comment by Mike G in Corvallis (70f47e) — 10/28/2009 @ 10:02 pm

  7. Gee, really sorry to see and hear this terrible news…heh heh

    Comment by DaveinPhoenix (017cc9) — 10/28/2009 @ 10:09 pm

  8. (Language Warning)

    A turd in a punchbowl?

    Comment by USCitizen (1ce41c) — 10/28/2009 @ 10:17 pm

  9. ..than an economy run by socialists.

    Comment by Patricia (c95a48) — 10/28/2009 @ 10:19 pm

  10. I personally believe that free press is important to our society. I also believe that the market determines who is successful and who fails.

    The printed press has not been able to adapt to a new market, either through hubris or wonted disregard for market forces.

    Comment by Ag80 (815bcd) — 10/28/2009 @ 10:32 pm

  11. …Pelosi’s face after the Botox wears off.

    …Clinton’s pants when an intern walks into the room.

    …Harry Reid’s poll numbers.

    …Al Gore’s credibility on Global Warming.

    …Barney Franks’s pants when an (complete it yourself)

    …the ‘respectable’ image of ACORN.

    …the public image of Balloon Boy’s parents.

    …the respect accorded to anyone associated with the pimping of Michael Jackson’s corpse.

    …John Edwards’s pants whenever anyone other than his wife Yada Yada Yada.

    Comment by Icy Texan (cd32da) — 10/28/2009 @ 10:34 pm

  12. If there were a Nobel Prize for humorous comparisons, Icy would win it hands down.

    Comment by DRJ (dff2ca) — 10/28/2009 @ 10:58 pm

  13. Are you sure, DRJ? I mean, I actually put a few minutes of thought into it, and relied on more than just my good intentions to see me through.

    I might be OVERqualified for a Nobel.

    Comment by Icy Texan (cd32da) — 10/28/2009 @ 11:12 pm

  14. ….my faith in the youth of the United States.

    Comment by Gina (97eae3) — 10/28/2009 @ 11:13 pm

  15. …Larry Craig’s pants in an airport men’s room

    (now THAT’S fair & balanced :-)

    Comment by Icy Texan (cd32da) — 10/28/2009 @ 11:22 pm

  16. …Sully’s pecker in a hot tub at the Playboy mansion.

    Comment by Icy Texan (cd32da) — 10/28/2009 @ 11:27 pm

  17. I don’t believe this is the complete picture — some newspapers don’t operate off of subscriptions — they get a lot of sales at newstands and delis/7/11s etc. What are the average total sales figures per day for each newspaper listed?

    Comment by JB2 (12e467) — 10/28/2009 @ 11:36 pm

  18. Uh, it says “circulation”, not “subscriptions”. Unless someone says differently, “circulation” should include both subscriptions AND newstand sales.

    Comment by Icy Texan (cd32da) — 10/28/2009 @ 11:43 pm

  19. …the credibility of any so-called “feminist” that trashes Sarah Palin for being a working mother.

    …the stature of the CA Supreme Court, for inventing — out of whole cloth — a constitutional right-to-marry.

    …the pants of the leader of Worldwide Pants whenever an intern (oh, Dave, Dave, Dave).

    Comment by Icy Texan (cd32da) — 10/28/2009 @ 11:59 pm

  20. And finally (for tonight, anyway):

    …(faster than) Polanski’s descent into Hell.

    Comment by Icy Texan (cd32da) — 10/29/2009 @ 12:04 am

  21. the proportion of native english speakers to native spanish speakers in the greater LA area….

    but there’s no reason our editors can find to support secure borders and no amnesty.

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 10/29/2009 @ 12:46 am

  22. George Bush’s popularity after Iraq and Katrina….
    Now that’s fair and balanced….

    Comment by The Emperor (22bda5) — 10/29/2009 @ 1:04 am

  23. #3,

    Five years per line, plotted by years, from 1990 to 2010.

    Comment by Machinist (79b3ab) — 10/29/2009 @ 2:10 am

  24. … Saddam Hussien through a trap door.

    Comment by gahrie (9d1bb3) — 10/29/2009 @ 2:24 am

  25. Something else to remember; newspapers have ways to INFLATE their circulation stats. (some legit and some not) so these figures probably aren’t the TRUE numbers, they’re probably WORSE.

    Papers have been caught fudging their numbers (the daily news I believe) in the past. Having worked at a few newspapers in circulation (delivery), I’ve had personal experience of this being done on a regular basis. They don’t do it for prestige/reputation so much as to be able to charge more for advertising.

    Comment by jakee308 (c964dd) — 10/29/2009 @ 4:52 am

  26. ….a cheap hooker’s underwear.

    Comment by Dr. K (eca563) — 10/29/2009 @ 4:59 am

  27. The L.A. Times’s circulation is plummeting faster than a Colorado balloon full of missing children.

    Comment by Amphipolis (b120ce) — 10/29/2009 @ 5:21 am

  28. … wile e coyote off a cliff. Maybe the Acme Marketing office can give the LA Times a boost?

    It would also be interesting to see viewership numbers of some major news programs (real news, not opinion progs) over the same period.

    Comment by Corwin (ea9428) — 10/29/2009 @ 5:26 am

  29. .. my chocolate thunder circling the bowl.

    Comment by HeavenSent (01a566) — 10/29/2009 @ 6:24 am

  30. So when will RINOs stop taking them seriously?

    Comment by HeavenSent (01a566) — 10/29/2009 @ 6:24 am

  31. whale doo-doo!

    Comment by Dow Ferguson (d60f8b) — 10/29/2009 @ 6:32 am

  32. With a slight rephrase:

    The L.A. Times’s circulation is dropping faster than…

    Monica Lewinski on Bill Clinton

    Comment by Dr. K (eca563) — 10/29/2009 @ 6:42 am

  33. Complete the sentence: the L.A. Times’s circulation is plummeting faster than . . .

    … Joe Biden’s IQ.

    … Andrew Sullivan’s credibility

    … Levi Johnston’s personal integrity.

    Comment by V the K (07425b) — 10/29/2009 @ 6:52 am

  34. i would like to see it down to micro level and, say, matched up to posts on patterico. i think that would be interesting.

    V the K

    > Levi Johnston’s personal integrity

    No, no, no, that’s not fair. i mean if we could chart his integrity, it would start at zero and be flatlined from there. you can’t lose something you never had you know?

    Btw, i am personally boycotting wonderful pistacios for its sick commercial starring him. its one thing to hire him as a commercial spokesman. sure his main claim to fame is having unsafe sex and being a loser for a father, but eh, that’s hollywood for you. but to use a joke about knocking up a teenager to sell a product? nope, now it is time for commercial retribution.

    Comment by A.W. (b1db52) — 10/29/2009 @ 7:05 am

  35. JayC: it reflects the last 19 years. I updated the post with a link.

    Comment by Patterico (64318f) — 10/29/2009 @ 7:07 am

  36. … a lead baloon created by the Heene family for a TV reality show.

    I’d have said Emperor’s credibility, but that was a negative number to start with.

    Comment by PCD (1d8b6d) — 10/29/2009 @ 7:26 am

  37. …Pelosi’s yambags when hubby unhooks the Wonderbra.

    Comment by Matador (e01f85) — 10/29/2009 @ 7:42 am

  38. I went into a Southern CA small market recently to get a snack and the Times. They told me they no longer sold it, but there were THREE spanish langauge papers avail on the rack.

    This is a store where I bought my paper before heading to the beach for years.

    Looks like they are reaping what they’ve sown.

    Comment by harkin (f92f52) — 10/29/2009 @ 8:01 am

  39. Oh. My. God.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 10/29/2009 @ 8:43 am

  40. Matador

    You have scarred me for life.

    Comment by A.W. (b1db52) — 10/29/2009 @ 9:25 am

  41. You didn’t show the top of the graph that shows the Wall Street Journal is doing just fine, charging for online and all.

    Comment by MIke K (2cf494) — 10/29/2009 @ 9:39 am

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  43. … something that plummets very fast!

    Comment by Arthur (f59d0a) — 10/29/2009 @ 10:39 am

  44. Dropping faster than a tingle up Chris Mathews’ leg.

    Comment by TakeFive (7c6fd5) — 10/29/2009 @ 10:44 am

  45. Dropping faster than a tinkle down Mathew’s leg.


    Comment by Dmac (5ddc52) — 10/29/2009 @ 12:47 pm

  46. Dropping faster than Senior Citizens on Obama’s “Public Option.”

    Comment by ropelight (73157f) — 10/29/2009 @ 2:12 pm

  47. …than Ted Kennedy’s alchohol consumption.

    Comment by Steve (e5c232) — 10/29/2009 @ 3:41 pm

  48. Circulation would probably go up if it were printed in Spanish.

    Comment by GarandFan (d065c6) — 10/30/2009 @ 8:50 am

  49. … a normal man’s tool after viewing Whoopi Goldberg.

    Comment by PCD (1d8b6d) — 10/31/2009 @ 9:36 am

  50. Mike K.
    Good point about the WSJ, charging for online and all. I wonder if it works because readers can charge it to their companies as a necessary expense. That’s what’s said, anyway.

    I used to subscribe to the WSJ online, but dropped it after Murdoch took over. Anyway, a fair amount of what’s behind the paywall is available free if you find it through Google.

    Even though I’m an MSM reporter who supposedly should be rooting for paywalls, I just don’t see very much out there worth paying for. Much of what the newspapers have is duplicative and not very trustworthy anyway.

    I might pay for a specialty site like a biotech or business publication (or a blog like this one). Such sites provide more detailed information than any MSM newspaper would allow. MSM editors generally think their readers are stupid and ignorant, and make their reporters write to the lowest common denominator. Any intelligent, educated person is going to be bored to tears reading that stuff.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 10/31/2009 @ 10:26 am

  51. Comment by GarandFan — 10/30/2009 @ 8:50 am

    Isn’t La Opinion a subsidiary of the LAT?

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (a63966) — 10/31/2009 @ 11:00 am

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