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2/27/2010

American Newspaper Readers Revealed

Filed under: Humor — DRJ @ 9:25 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Ed Driscoll has compiled a master list of the demographics of American newspapers. Here are the first two:

“1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.”

Driscoll’s list is fun and spot on, but I have one correction: He forgot to mention the Los Angeles Times makes a good dog trainer.

— DRJ

16 Responses to “American Newspaper Readers Revealed”

  1. > He forgot to mention the Los Angeles Times makes a good dog trainer.

    Works better still as a birdcage liner. Or is that the same use 😀

    IgotBupkis (79d71d)

  2. 5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country — if they could find the time — and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it.

    {o.o}

    JD (f3a33a)

  3. well, really… have you seen the rest of the country?

    besides: people like imdw live there. %-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  4. Come to Texas. You remember what Texans say to individuals, don’t you?

    Machinist (9780ec)

  5. “Lone Star or Shiner Bock?”…… %-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  6. In an episode of “Yes, Prime Minister,” a 1980’s British comedy show, Jim Harker, the Prime Minister, discussed the readership of the British newspapers with his aides, Sir Humphrey and Bernard. It went something like this:

    Hacker: Don’t tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers:
    The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country;
    The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country;
    The Times is read by the people who actually do run the country;
    The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country;
    The Financial Times is read by people who own the country;
    The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country;
    And The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.

    Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?

    Bernard: Sun readers don’t care who runs the country, as long as she’s got big t*ts.

    Satta (97d5c7)

  7. Ed Driscoll is careful to note that he didn’t actually write that list, and he also credits how it’s influenced by that YES, PRIME MINISTER episode.

    J.R. Taylor (75feb9)

  8. I remember receiving this basic list as a fax back in the Jurassic Period (the 80’s).

    AD - RtR/OS! (dbf36d)

  9. LAT quote of the day (2/28), courtesy of Neuman and Milian (p. A20): “even the popular President Obama’s public approval ratings have dropped below 50% in some polls”. How low do his disapproval rating sink before he’s no longer considered popular?

    David (702fd7)

  10. Obama is still popular with the crucial demographic of LA Times staffers.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (9eb641)

  11. “even the popular President Obama’s public approval ratings have UNEXPECTEDLY dropped below 50% in some polls”

    Fixed that for you, David.

    GeneralMalaise (c58b20)

  12. Bradley, his only problem is that demographic is getting smaller.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  13. Shrinking faster than the snow on Kilimanjaro.

    AD - RtR/OS! (dbf36d)

  14. J.R. Taylor, thanks for the information. In the sleeep-deprived state in which I read DRJ’s post, I did not click on the link which had a great list that included Ed D’s ample disclosure about the origins of his list.

    “Yes, Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister” have some timeless sketches. Here’s a link to one concerning opinion polls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fszM11k-Zjk

    Satta (97d5c7)

  15. 107 – The people who read The Philadelphia Inquirer think that . . .

    Oh. That’s right, there isn’t anybody reading the Inquirer. Sorry for taking up your bandwidth.

    The Dana in Pennsylvania (474dfc)

  16. J.R. — Thanks for clarifying the source. It would have been more clear if I said Driscoll republished the list rather than compiled it.

    DRJ (daa62a)


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