Thursday, April 16, 2009

Earning Reports: Score Google-1 News Dinosaurs-0

History should record the decrepit state of American Newspapers on April 16, 2008. While Google reports "stronger profits", the nation's largest newspaper publisher, Gannett, reported a 60-percent drop in earnings. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd whined that Google should "just write us a big check."

But why should anyone write the New York Times a check?

When Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was nominated for vice-president, all Maureen Dowd could write were sarcastic articles about NASCAR, hunting, and Walmart.

Ironically, Ms. Dowd's column abouit Google is titled "The Dinosaur at the Gate" (referring to Google), which is damn funny but also demonstrates the myopia of northeast journalism. Since the obvious dinosaur is the New York Times.

Miss Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize winner. She has been joined in her derision of average working class Americans by fellow Times columist and Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman.

However, most of America has never heard of either one of them. Their influnce is diminishing, along with Times circulation and advertising revenues, and it shouldn't be long before they want a federal bailout too.

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