I've done several posts lately on newspapers - here, here, and here. The comments to those posts were interesting and funny. I saw something while browsing that made me think of what I'm posting today. Later in this post I'll show you what I saw online that triggered this post.
Do you read any newspaper regularly, either the printed version or online? Below is a list of descriptions of the usual readers of certain well-known newspapers. The picture above is today's front page from the Detroit News, which was our mainstay when we lived in Detroit.
Who reads what newspaper?
The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles..
The Washington Post is read by people who think they ought to run the country.
USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't understand the New York Times or the Washington Post. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.
The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.
The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country - and they did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.
The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country, and they don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.
The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country, as long as they do something scandalous.
The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are minority feminist atheists who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided, of course, that they are not Republicans.
The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.
The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.
The Houston Chronicle is read by … well, not too many people these days.
The Weekly World News is read by Bigfoot, Elvis, and the space aliens who, the readership is sure, really are running the country!
Here's what I saw online that made me think of the preceding.
I wanted to post that this week since June was supposed to begin this next Monday. Those of you with plans for the month of June, particularly weddings, need to make other plans. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Just don't kill the messenger, please.
I've poked fun at various aspects of newspapers and their readers, but I am also appreciative of our freedom of the press.
Some of you might enjoy checking out the site newseum.org where you can see the front pages of many papers worldwide. You might also enjoy the following resource for online versions of newspapers all over the world in many different languages at The Internet Public Library.
I look forward to more of your thoughts on newspapers and news media in general. For me it's great and overwhelming to have so much information available so readily. Do you trust what's in most newspapers? To you, if the newspaper says it, is it so?
"Our sin always drags others into the vortex of its power." - Dr. Drew Conley
There cannot be a crisis this week; my schedule is already full.
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