categoryMenu_new
 
  Home
  EXTRAORDINARY AH Teaching from Spiritual Hierarchy
  AbundantHope
  NEW READERS! Read Here First
  Supporting AH
  Leadership of AbundantHope
  Announcements
  Regional AH Sites
  Other Sites with AH material
  Contact Us
  Becoming A Messiah
  OUR PUBLIC FORUM IS OPEN TOO ALL
  Mission Ideas
  System Busting
  Cleric Letter/English
  Translations of Cleric Letter
  AH Member Writings
  Candace
  Ron
  Rosie
  Jess
  Brian's Poetry
  James
  Giuseppe
  Esteban
  Telepathic Messages
  Candace
  Jess Anthony
  Vince
  Leonette
  John
  Adam
  Bela
  Joyce
  Hazel
  Kibo
  Peter
  Rosie
  Johan
  Lucia
  Lucia G
  Rubens
  Shellee-Kim
  Ben
  Dorothea
  Solon
  Others
  Targeted Messages
  Hano
  Light Flower
  Changing The Face Of Religion
  - Phoenix Journals - PDF in German
  Candace on Religion
  Other Spiritual Pieces
  Spiritual Nuggets by the Masters
  Phoenix Journals
  Phoenix Journals - PDF
  Telepathic Messages PDF books
  Selections from the Urantia Book
  Illustrations For The Urantia Book
  CMGSN Pieces
  THE WAVE
  Environment/Science
  David Crayford and the ITC
  Health and Nutrition
  Podcasts, Radio Shows, Video by AH
  Political Information
  True US History
  Human/Animal Rights
  The Miracle That Is Me
  Education
  Resources
  911 Material
  Books - eBooks
  government email/phone #'s
  Self Reliance
  Video
  Websites
  Alternative News Sources
  Art and Music
  Foreign Sites
  Health and Healing
  Human/Animal Rights
  Scientific
  Spiritual
  Vegan Recipes
  Translated Material
  Dutch
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Jess
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Candace
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Anderen
  Artikelen/berichten
  French
  Canal Jess
  Par Candace
  Other Channels
  Articles
  German
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Candace)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Jess)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (div.)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Candace)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Jess)
  Spirituelle Schätze
  Italian
  Translations - Candace
  Translations - Jess
  Translations - Others
  Portuguese
  by Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Spanish
  Anfitriones Divinos
  Bitácoras Fénix
  Creadores-de-Alas (WingMakers/Lyricus)
  Escritos de Candace
  Escritos de Otros
  Monjoronsón
  Telemensajes de Candace
  Telemensajes de Jess Anthony
  Telemensajes de Otros
  Chinese
  By Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Korean Translations
  Hungarian Translations
  Swedish Translations

Search
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Political Information : True US History Last Updated: Aug 7, 2019 - 11:08:44 PM


'Another Nail In The Coffin' Of Democracy & Journalism As US Newspaper Giants Announce $1.4 BN Merger
By Jake Johnson with comments by Ron
Aug 6, 2019 - 8:02:39 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page Share/Bookmark

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/06/another-nail-coffin-democracy-and-journalism-us-newspaper-giants-gannett-and

Members of the press and democracy advocates issued grave warnings about the future of journalism in the United States on Monday after the nation's two largest newspaper publishers unveiled plans for a $1.4 billion merger that, if approved,will spawn an "unprecedented" media conglomerate.

GateHouse Media announced Monday that it will purchase Gannett, which owns USA Today and other major American newspapers. While the media giants touted their commitment to "journalistic excellence" in a press release, the merger announcement came with plans for $300 million in annual budget cuts.


 

 

A GateHouse Media owned Palm Beach Post and the Gannett Co. owned USA Today are seen for sale at a newsstand on August 05, 2019 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

 


"Not good news for journalism," tweeted New York Times reporter Eric Lipton in response to the planned cuts.

Michael Copps, former FCC commissioner and Common Cause special adviser, said in a statement that the cuts mean "we can expect to see more reporter layoffs and consolidated newsrooms."

According to Common Cause-

"a combined GateHouse-Gannett entity would own one in every six newspapers in the nation and control over 100 local news operations."

"The GateHouse-Gannett merger is another nail in the coffin for the state of our news and information system," Copps said. "Combining the two largest newspaper chains would lead to cost-cutting strategies straight out of the Wall Street playbook."

"The profits generated from cutting costs won't be invested into improving the news but rather to pay off financing arrangements and shareholders," Copps added. "Hundreds of communities and ultimately our democracy will pay the price for this deal. Less journalism and less deep-dive investigative reporting will only lead to less informed citizens."

[Ron: Yabba, yabba, window dressing propaganda yabba. To keep their jobs virtually all MSM journalists have to be whores required to produce whatever their Talmudic masters demand, so WHAT'S THE %@*$% DIFFERENCE whether there are fewer MSM journalists and only five rather than six Talmudic conglomerates controlling the MSM?!].

As the Associated Press reported, the GateHouse-Gannett merger comes amid a years-long trend of print consolidation as local newspapers struggle, often unsuccessfully, to stay afloat.

According to the AP:

Local papers, faced with the complex and expensive process of building digital businesses to replace declines in print ads and circulation, have been consolidating madly in recent years. Although papers with national readerships like the New York Times and the Washington Post have had success adding digital subscribers, local papers with local readerships find it much more difficult. Hundreds of such papers have closed, and newsrooms have slashed jobs.

According to a study by the University of North Carolina, the U.S. has lost almost 1,800 local newspapers since 2004. Newsroom employment fell by a quarter from 2008 to 2018, according to Pew Research, and layoffs have continued this year.

Journalists immediately raised alarm that the GateHouse-Gannett merger could be another devastating blow to crucial on-the-ground local reporting.

"We're afraid of that big number: $300 million," Andrew Pantazi, a reporter for the Florida Times-Union and president of the newspaper's guild, told the Washington Post. "We're afraid of what happens when you have fewer journalists working in the state of Florida."

Jane Hall, a professor of journalism and media studies at American University, said the laser-focus on profit in American media is "depressing" and ultimately unsustainable.

"The business model is under duress," Hall told the Post, "and the urge to consolidate and the pressure to consolidate and only look at the bottom line in a very short-sided way is growing."

[Ron: Here's an idea. Why not reject capitalist, cut-throat competition for profit and move to a money-meme-free co-operative society in which service to others rather than self is the norm?! A money free society would drastically reduce the need for useless work, strife, litigation and incarceration, and hence increase peace of mind and leisure time while also increasing abundance available to everyone rather than just the owners and managers of banks, corporations and governments. Of course no one wants that do they? People prefer what they know, ie the current rat race in which we all strive to steal the work and wealth of others by slaving for banks, corporations and governments. THAT's much more rewarding isn't it? And anyway, 'I may be struggling to make a living but there's always plenty of people who have even less than i do and so I can always look down on them...'].

[Colour fonts, bolding and comments in square brackets added.].

RELATED ARTICLES:






All writings by members of AbundantHope are copyrighted by
©2005-2019 AbundantHope - All rights reserved

Detailed explanation of AbundantHope's Copyrights are found here


Top of Page

True US History
Latest Headlines
Documentary — Nebraska Retiree Uses Earth’s Heat to Grow Oranges in Snow
0:00 / 37:22 SerialBrain2: Dorian: The Lo Shu Grid and Alabama Mystery Solved. PART 2
Trump Comes Under Savage Attack By Crazed Judges Who Know Their Leftist End Is Near
Dr. John Dee: Occultist Behind the British Empire and Judaic New World Order
A Morning in Afghanistan
U.S. Debt Could Be 2,000% Of GDP: A $400 Trillion Nightmare
The Bill Of Rights Turns 230, And What Do We Have To Show For It ? Nothing Good
I Used to Think Strippers Who Drug & Rob Men were scum. Turns Out they are ‘empowered feminists’
SICK: Remains Of Over 2,000 Fetuses Found In Home Of Deceased Illinois Abortion Doctor
I’m a Feminist Who Was Purged by the Trans Left
World Braces For Bloodbath Holocaust As “October Revolution” Forces Grow In China
Bilateral Betrayal: The Free Trade Route to Globalism
John Bolton’s Resignation Letter is a Major Olive Branch to Both North And South Korea
Why Gen-Z'ers And Millennials Support Socialism
The National Debt Is Now More than Ten Times Annual Tax Receipts
SerialBrain2: The Explosive Message Trump Coded in his speech on Independence Day
SerialBrain2: Trump's Historic Visit to the UK: Winning, winning, winning
NBC News Wants You to Know That Heterosexuality 'Is The Bedrock of Global Oppression'
Unintended Nuclear War Warning Issued—Whose First Victims Of Said Should Be Climate Crazies
120 Million Workers Need To Be Reskilled Due To AI, Says IBM Study