About the only thing still worth reading in the Florida Times-Union is the obituary page. Oddly enough, its own obit may soon be written.
The daily newspaper continues to shrink, with its parent company lopping off another four heads – probably chosen because of their relatively high salaries.
One of those dropped was its most outstanding reporter, who has been on the job for more than 50 years.
If the paper actually was serious about staying in business they would not have fired her.
Younger residents of the city may not know that the shrinking liberal newspaper, now insignificant, once was a major voice in the city.
It dates back to 1864 and for the next century it presented readers with objective news stories and conservative opinion, with a bit of liberal opinion from syndicated columnists and letter writers for balance.
But about 50 years ago it began to change, while under the ownership of a local railroad. Although the opinion pages remained conservative, news stories began taking on a liberal tint.
Even after a newspaper chain headed by a conservative publisher took over in 1983, the tendency remained.
By the turn of the century, it was noticeable to most readers.
Then, 15 years ago, the opinion pages abruptly switched to the Far Left. Soon after, the paper was sold to one of the liberal newspaper chains that now dominate what is left of the industry.
Subsequently, the reporting staff became union members, which would have been unthinkable previously.
Readership began dropping steadily, along with the staff and salaries. It now has about a tenth of the readership and staff it had at its peak.
They blame the Internet, which does play a role. But spreading socialism also is not a winning strategy.
One of its remaining columnists highlighted the problem recently with this comment: “It’s also less profitable than it’s ever been … and if that’s all you care about then all you are going to do is continue to cut newspapers.”
Scorn for profits and capitalism is one of the hallmarks of the socialist mind.
The socialists on the staff of the shrinking liberal newspaper think they are the wave of the future. If they are right, the nation is doomed.
But their own demise indicates there is still hope.
The real need today is for more media outlets that buck the liberal propaganda from newspapers, TV and Big Tech.