Fall of NY Times evidence newspapers’ slow death quickening pace

NY Times cites a need to generate revenue and cut costs 

The New York Times reports to its staff that it has lain down and is fighting a losing battle with rigor mortis. The newspaper will vacate at least eight floors in its building, allowing it to “generate significant rental income” because it is “frankly, too expensive to occupy this many floors when we don’t truly need them.”

“We’ve made the decision to consolidate our footprint across the building to create a more dynamic, modern and open workplace, one that is better suited to the moment,” Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and President and CEO Mark Thompson wrote in a letter to their employees Friday. “We’re planning significant investments in a redesign of our existing space in order to facilitate more cross-departmental collaboration. We expect a substantial financial benefit as well. All told, we will vacate at least eight floors, allowing us to generate significant rental income.’

 ZeroHedge has the complete letter. You can smell the sweat of desperation in the Dear Colleagues letter — signed informally, Arthur and Mark — which promises more details soon.

 How long before Arizona’s largest newspaper alternately referred to as the Arizona Repugnant or Daily Regurgitation follows suit and folds its tent?  In Saturday’s edition, as an example, the exact same story, headline and photo appeared in two separate sections of the daily newspaper. Admittedly, the demographic for a hard copy edition thrown in the driveway, is the over 65 crowd, but even they know an insult when  they see it, whether it’s duplicate articles in the same edition or the reckless endorsement of scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton for President, the latter of which resulted in an explosion of subscription cancellations.

This Real Clear Politics post-election analysis by Jeffrey Anderson, Trump Won on the Issues, includes an examination the Arizona vote. Trump, whose campaign focused on jobs and illegal immigration, touched a nerve the Hillary endorsing newspapers across the country, sorely misjudged. Trump’s unprecedented win as a political outsider, also exposed the irrelevancy of endorsing newspapers.

In a last-ditch effort to stay alive, the Arizona Republic repeatedly implores its remaining readers to “Go deeper with digital.” With readership in decline and hemorrhaging subscriptions, the left-wing newspaper, pushing its dual agenda of amnesty for illegal aliens and force-feeding homosexual issues, reaps no benefit from paying for newsprint, ink or delivery while struggling to keep the lights on. Massive layoffs and incentivizing early retirements for longtime employees haven’t helped keep it off life support.

Still, the newspaper would rather fall on its sword insulting its readers than take a right turn to stay alive. When it comes to the newspaper industry, such martyrdom is simply another affront.

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8 Responses to Fall of NY Times evidence newspapers’ slow death quickening pace

  1. Observer says:

    Not only did the Arizona Repugnant endorse Hillary Clinton, it also endorsed the ancient liberal John McCain. We cancelled our subscription several years ago but I still see a copy now and then at the office. I’d never time that to correspond with a meal.

  2. Sally Forth says:

    Just like clockwork, this morning’s edition of the AZ Repulsive which I read free at Wildflower restaurant, had a column by Karina Bland about two women now “married” to each other and their adopted kids. She tells readers that they fell in love on their first date and spent the night together with their hearts beating in unison. That should be described as a rash sexual encounter, rather than taking on a romantic aura.

  3. Ellsworth says:

    What I found most startling about the AZ Republic endorsing Hillary Clinton was that it was described as a conservative newspaper. I nearly choked when I read that! I’m a native Arizonan and remember when the newspaper actually was conservative. That hasn’t been the case in decades.

  4. VINOAZ says:

    Please don’t tell them this. The truth might save the propaganda press. Not only do they lie, they inject opinion into the news section and they omit much information counter to the leftist agenda. No longer are there real journalists. They are mostly fakes. Honesty, objectivity and ethics are things of the past.

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      VINOAZ,
      Unlike the leftist newspapers, Seeing Red AZ is committed to telling the truth. Don’t worry. What you correctly identify as the “propaganda press” will never heed conservative advice. That’s why they are failing.

  5. Kent says:

    Few of my neighbors subscribe. I’m an early morning jogger and it’s a rare occasion when I see a newspaper in any driveway. It would be the same as encountering a dinosaur.

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    When you see their news stand at the grocery store or convenience store, there is usually a banner that tries to lure you in with the promise of ‘over $200 in coupons in today’s paper’. That’s all they have to offer the snowbirds—–advertisements and coupons.

    Meanwhile, as the Obamas flew out of D.C. to Hawaii, where he has already posted his first round of golf, it seems that he did not have time for a stopover in Ohio to pay respects to American hero John Glenn.

    John Glenn’s body was lying in repose at the Ohio Statehouse, with lawmakers changing the law in order to extend visiting hours to the public. The Rotunda would remain open as long as anyone from the public was waiting in line.

    John Glenn’s legacy:
    Attended college and studied engineering

    Entered the Marines and became a combat pilot in WWII and Korea

    Was chosen by NASA in 1959 to join six other military pilots who became known as the Mercury Seven

    In 1962, became the first American to orbit the Earth

    U.S. Senator (D) representing Ohio

    Founded the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which is within the Ohio State University system

    In 1998, at age 77, became the oldest person in space

    John Glenn married his high school sweetheart, Annie, who along with their two adult children, survives him. Annie Glenn was plagued by a exceptionally severe case of stuttering, which left her unable to function normally in public.
    John Glenn once told reporters, as they clamored for an interview with him, that they should interview Annie.
    He said, “. . .she’s the real hero. . .”

    Now, there’s a Legacy.

    • East Valley PC says:

      Just a bit of a gloss job here. John Glenn and John McCain were the only two of the tainted five U.S. Senators involved as what was known as the “Keating Five” scandal to get a pass and get reelected. They were both untouchable icons, Glenn for his space exploits which were major thrillers at the time, and McCain for his well crafted hero image. Though this corruption scandal took place about 30 years ago McCain was surrounded by Democrats, no different than today. He was the sole Republican accused of improperly intervening on behalf of his good friend and generous donor Charlie Keating who was under investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. After the five senators pressured the board, it backed off. When the extent of the scandal was uncovered, it led to the Savings and Loan Associations downfall. Stockholders lost massive amounts of money thanks to McCain, Glenn and their cohorts. Here in Arizona Western Savings, a 100 year old family owned company watched as its stock devalued and finally crashed. It was owned by the politically active Driggs family. (You’ve heard of Phoenix Mayor John Driggs and his son state senator Adam Driggs?) One of the other Dems was Dennis DeConcini, a U.S. Arizona senator at the time.