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Well, It Said So in the Newspaper!


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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!

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Here's what I saw online that made me think of the preceding.

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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. :-D

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?

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"Our sin always drags others into the vortex of its power." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

There cannot be a crisis this week; my schedule is already full.


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7 Comments on “Well, It Said So in the Newspaper!”

  1. #1 Michael
    on May 29th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    When I still lived at home with my parents, I enjoyed the Greenville News. But, now that I’m married and in a house of my own, we’ve decided not to bother with a newspaper subscription. Not a good use of our money particularly since we can get lots of information online. One nice thing about the Internet is that even if you move far away you can still keep up with what’s going on back home. For example, my wife enjoys reading the Arizona Republic online since it keeps her up to speed with what’s happening back in her hometown of Phoenix.

    For news I’ve set up some headline feeds on my iGoogle page and I regularly listen to NPR in the mornings while getting ready for work. I know it has a decidedly liberal bias, but if you know that going in, you can find out quite a bit of what is happening in the world. There’s some wacky stuff on there, but most of it is quite interesting and substantive.

    I think it’s interesting how blogs are supplanting major newspapers. It’s kind of like what happened in the early days of newspapers when weekly or daily publications were produced by private individuals and often had a very obvious slant or spin to them.

  2. #2 Rob
    on Jun 1st, 2009 at 6:56 am

    @Michael – I join you and your wife as a reader of mainly online newspapers. The variety that is available is amazing, thanks to the Internet. Thanks for the historical perspectives you’ve added to this post also.

  3. #3 b.j.
    on Jun 1st, 2009 at 11:05 am

    You questioned whether we trust what’s in papers. For myself, a definite NO! Enough of my family, friends, and acquaintances have been involved either directly or indirectly with enough things that the papers have published news about. (and TV for that matter) They NEVER get it right! usually just enough is left out so that people form their own misled conclusions, mixed with just enough completely false info. Even so called “quotes” are quoted missing key words, and the order of the sentences re-arranged, so that the quote is actually something completely different. This has often been a sore spot. But, at least it’s never been anything big, important, or long lasting to make any difference!

  4. #4 Nate
    on Jun 3rd, 2009 at 9:27 am

    The Newseum/newseum.org is amazing. Worked there for a summer as a intern and loved it. Great place to visit if ever given the opportunity.

  5. #5 Rob
    on Jun 4th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    @Nate – Wow! I know personally someone who has worked at Newseum/newseum.org! Thanks for letting me know that connection.

  6. #6 Bet
    on Jun 4th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I understand those who read only online news, but reading the print edition is a totally different experience that I try to get my journalism students to experience – by requiring them to read the paper 5 days a week! After a few weeks, I allow them to supplement the print edition of the papers with online editions so they can begin to see the differences in how they read the two.

    The world of print journalism is definitely changing – in the last year a number of major papers have ceased publication. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next year or two. Will we even have the dead-tree edition much longer? (I think we will, but who knows?)

    I do think we still need professional journalists to gather and disseminate the news (of course, I think so!). Citizen journalists and bloggers just can’t give us all the news that professional journalists do. When was the last time you read a blogger’s report of a school board meeting or county council or the proceedings of a local criminal trial?

    Bet’s last blog post..Duke’s: the Southern mayonnaise

  7. #7 Rob
    on Jun 4th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    @Bet – Thanks for your thoughtful, thought-provoking comment. I especially appreciate your perspective as a teacher of journalism. It is an interesting phenomenon to behold as once-great newspapers dwindle in numbers of subscriptions and readers and even as some fold.

    There are probably several factors contributing to that. One factor, of course, is the ease of finding numerous news sources online. One can find everything from the major outlets to local papers. Another factor is the public’s perception that the traditional media is unreliable with its now blatant liberal bias. Anyone checking alternative news sources knows that the MSM chooses to withhold certain news items, even big ones, from the public eye. The public is getting fed up with it — it comes across as dishonest, and may well be.

    Some of the online news outlets, as you have mentioned, are rather cursory or shallow in their coverage. Many items found in the print version are totally absent in the online version. Much local news is totally absent from online sources.

    As you have said, it will be interesting to see what happens in the next few years. Thanks again for the perspective you have added, Bet.


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