a. My blood boiling
b. What I'm going to do with any Seattle Times newspaper I run across
Because our very own Maleficent just bailed out Washington State's failing newspaper industry.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a tax break for the state's troubled newspaper industry. The new law gives newspaper printers and publishers a 40 percent cut in the state's main business tax. The discounted rate mirrors breaks given in years past to the Boeing Co. and the timber industry. Newspapers across the country have resorted to layoffs and other cost-cutting moves to deal with a wounded business model and a recession-fueled drop in advertising. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer printed its final edition earlier this year and was converted to an Internet-only publication with a much-reduced staff.
By the way, that is the article in its entirety. No news here, just move right along.
THIS IS SO WRONG FOR SO MANY REASONS!! Here are three. Feel free to add your own.
Reason #1: The media in our state just received a huuuuuuuge break from the sitting governor. Who do you think they will support/endorse/cover for the rest of the time? Do not try to tell me that they won't find themselves somehow drawn to even more Democrats as time goes on. (Note: this newspaper was almost completely in the tank as it was, but I think this just destroyed any last vestige of objectivity.) I think somebody owes somebody else now, don't you?
Reason #2: Notice how the article states, "cost-cutting moves to deal with a wounded business model?" HELLO! The government is NEVER supposed to save a "wounded business model." It is wounded because technology has overtaken the old way of doing things. I thought lefties were supposed to be the tech savvy, forward thinking people. Good thing today's politicians were not around when typewriters were going out of business due to computers becoming readily available and cheap or we would all still be banging away on an Underwood Five and I certainly would not be blogging.
Reason #3: The government does not have the right, constitutionally or otherwise, to choose which industries survive simply because those currently in power need said "wounded" industry to survive themselves.
Get with the times already Chris. I thought you were "progressive."
1. Call The Seattle Times and cancel your subscription NOW. Tell them why. My good friend Sally told them that, "...we don't read government subsidized newspapers in our house." DO IT TODAY. Here is their number: (206) 464-2111.
2. Tell everyone you know. Email them. Call them. Share this information and the phone number.
3. Find out who advertises with the Times and call and/or email those companies and tell them you have just cancelled your subscription to the newspaper. Tell these businesses why you cancelled, and tell them about the blogs and papers from which you DO get your news.
4. Send The Seattle Times offices as well as Gregoire the Mafiosa, pink slips. What the hey, call Gregoire's office too: 360-902-4111.
5. Print this out and put it on your car, or make up your own.
(Hat tip: Sally)