Bill O'Reilly nailed it in a speech to newspaper columnists over the weekend when he told a hostile audience that content as well as competition from the internet was responsible for the continuing dramatic drop in newspaper circulation.
[i]...O'Reilly said newspapers have a dismal future and also criticized a writer in the audience during a speech Friday at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) conference.
"Newspapers are dying, and there are two reasons why," said the Fox News host and Creators Syndicate newspaper columnist. "One reason is the Internet. The other is ideology." [/i]
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It's a fact that newspaper content has increasingly been a turn off for readers whose politics are right of center. Editorial pages -- in Maine as well as elsewhere -- are run by liberal editors. Most news columnists have political views ranging from left to far-left. Newspaper, wire service and television news staffs are filled, bottom to top, with liberals and their attitude spills heavily into how news stories are written and displayed.
I can't discern whether O'Reilly said or whether the E&P writer interjected a comment about publishers and managers being somewhat more conservative. If that is true, it is only marginally so.
Here in Maine, one publisher openly brags about steering his influential paper to the left. Another is a sizeable contributor to the Democratic Party. And their papers continue to move farther and farther away from the center. To stretch a point, I find this especially ironic because if the Islamists were to triumph, these capitalists would be among their first victims.
For the most part, IMO, O'Reilly was right on target. But perhaps he should have praised these columnists instead of scolding them. After all, how many in his Fox News cable audience of more than 4 million have been driven there by anger over what they read in their daily papers?