Destitute Newspaper BEGS for $$$

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BobLee
April02/ 2020

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April 2, 2020

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Local Destitute Newspaper BEGS for $$$

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To no one’s real surprise… Raleigh’s Financially Destitute Newspaper – The News & Observer – is reduced to BEGGING its motley bunch of subscribers for more $$$ PLEASE.

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Oliver TwistIn a pathetic scene straight out of Oliver TwistN&O’s current Executive Editor Robyn Tomlin printed a DESPERATE PLEA on April 1 begging for “more shekels” … “more porridge” … “a piece of bread” … “some magic beans” … whatever you can spare … We’re Desperate!

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HELP!  We’re sinking.   We don’t know what else to do but hope “you people” are gullible enough to …. etc etc.   

Look, if we “downsize” any more we – Sara &Robyn – will have to make the coffee and answer the phone and all that yucky stuff peons are supposed to do.

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.NOTE:  Whats left of The N&O subscribers is of the notoriously “cheap” left-wing persuasion never prone to parting with its own $$$.  Robyn will be better off begging Would-Be-Queen Nancy Pelosi to include The N&O in her next Stimulus Scam.

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ANOTHER NOTE:  Publisher Sara Glines and Robyn The Editor joined The N&O several years ago when parent company – McClatchy in Sacramento CA – realized that replacing expensive male executives with MUCH-less-expensive female executives would save them considerable salary $$$.

Let McClatchy’s Sr VP of Gender Diversity explains THAT New Millennium boardroom shenanigan.

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Editor Robyn bases her impassioned BEG on the fact that for the past week or so her ever-so-caring-and benevolent newspaper generously lowered it’s digital “pay wall” – WOO HOO – to aid the community in coping with COVID-19 … reminding “said community” that…

  • COVID-19 is probably “all Trump’s Fault”.  We sure hope it is … and that
  • NC’s Wonderful Governor Ray/Roy Cooper will be taking away many of your fundamental rights… but Ray/Roy “might” give some of’em back some day… but probably not… LOL.

“Lowering The N&O pay wall” costs the NOT-benevolent, destitute N&O absolutely nothing.  It is like expecting your neighbors to “thank you” for leaving your Christmas lights up until New Years.

Robyn announced regrettable that “the pay wall” is being put back in place immediately “because Robyn says so”. Yawn.Eddie Intern

That announcement meant absolutely nothing to any one except Eddie The Intern Nerd who has to perform the single keystroke to “do it”.

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This Begging by The N&O follows an announcement several weeks ago by parent McClatchy that it is BANKRUPT and can no longer fund its Pension Fund.  There are many more “former McClatchy employees” than there are “current McCatchy employees” by a factor of 32 to 1.

That further pissed off the angry mob of “former McClatchy employees” who were all told countless times over the past five years ….

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“Don’t worry.  We’ll all be fine.  Those naive fools / “our subscribers” – can’t get along without our daily newspaper regardless how bad it is.”

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What desperation moves The News & Observer makes are duplicated by its sister “McClatchy sinking ships” in Durham and in Charlotte.  For some months “they” have simply printed one glorified high school newspaper in very large type and stick the names News & Observer or Herald-Sun or Charlotte Observer on the top of whichever stack is going where.

Since carpetbagger McClatchy became North Carolina primary publisher of highly partisan newspapers, its stated Editorial policy has been:

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To Insult, Demean and Humiliate Anyone & Everyone who do not embrace our Radical Left-wing socio-cultural political views.

McClatchy’s newspapers have done exactly that… very effectively and aggressively for 20+ years.

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Their whizbang research nerds neglected to inform “the accounting guys” that the Anyones & Everyones they would be insulting represented AT LEAST 50% of their target markets.     That 50% of their local / regional markets aren’t even aware they are still in business … which they barely are… and don’t care if they shut down this week … next week … or whenever.

So… Why Would Anyone Bother With The News & Observer?  The only reasons anyone could come up with are ..

  • Obituaries … and
  • Grocery coupons … and, of course
  • THE BobKennel’s periodic LTTE screeds.

These community services can easily be provided on-line by clever entrepreneurs.

Industry analysts have pondered this inevitability for several years.  Best guess is that the whole sad mess will be bought for $.10 on the $1.00 and all assets sold at public auction including…memorabilia such as a Barry Saunders “Cool Dude” Fedora…  and Rob “RielleWho” Christensen’s Dan Rather – autographed trench coat… expected to attract as much as $10-12 if not more.

As to the ultimate future of the not-so Good Ship N&O… the only question left to be answered as it sinks beneath the stormy seas is What tune will the orchestra will play as it goesglub … glub … glub.

It won’t be “Nearer My God To Thee”.  That’s for sure.

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PlanoJoe
PlanoJoe
5 months ago

Did you see the N&O article last Wednesday (22nd) of their hiring of two new “journalists”…and asking readers for DONATIONA to fund their salaries?

iratepyrate
iratepyrate
6 months ago

Being a well-read man, I’m sure you could devote a whole other column in the future that focuses on the overtly racist history of the News & Observer. From my readings, the roots of the N&O are well-known, starting officially in 1894 as the mouthpiece of the Democratic Party at that time and it arguably remains the same for 21st Century Dem’s. . Josephus Daniels, a fat cat Democratic white supremacist, bought the paper with help from Julian Carr (the same slave-holding Carr that had buildings named in his honor at UNC and Duke). Daniels and his ilk were instrumental… Read more »

Jos. Randall Byrd
Jos. Randall Byrd
6 months ago

NY Times crossword and obits and the local blotter provide the final bits of value, although I think I heard they ditched the crossword a few years ago??? They probably gutted the blotter because it stigmatizes the unfortunate, misunderstood people deficient in legal social skills. Needless to say, I haven’t felt those undersize pages (remember those big ones with almost felt texture?) in quite a while. . I firmly believe there’s a market still, but the current arrangement of leftward-leaning letters and words will never find it. . My father was a very loyal machinist for the Durham Herald/Sun for… Read more »

Vernon Hill
Vernon Hill
6 months ago

WHO CARES ABOUT N & O….ME DO NOT…they brought this on themselves for many years due to not telling The truth, kissing Democrat politicians asses and covering up for corrupt politicians, yes this includes the ones in NC LEGISLATURE. As of today and the last couple years it’s been the same stories over and over. As of today I will be canceling my online subscription with them……
Adios N&O…

Vernon Hill
Vernon Hill
6 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

Thought it would make good toilet paper, but I was wrong.

IkeWhitt
IkeWhitt
6 months ago

The N&O contracts with many other publications for distribution. In addition to the N&O, carriers also deliver The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, Barrons, and a few others. If it wasn’t for this arrangement, the N&O would have been a three day publication a long time ago.

Former96heel
Former96heel
6 months ago

Have heard chatter recently that Charlotte’s weekday circulation is now under 25k. Let that sink in: a metro area of over 2 million with a circulation that’s dropped approximately 90% in 15 years. They’ll quit printing because the paper manufacturer cuts them off for not paying their piddly bill.
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Hope those poor retirees has alternative retirement plans!

former96heel
former96heel
6 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

Does the McClatchy head still own the Pirates?

Larry
Larry
6 months ago
Reply to  Former96heel

The print paper saved will hopefully be adapted and add to the supply of toilet tissue which we really need in contrast to the Daniels clan or those who succeeded them who we have never needed. Adios N&O. Good riddance to bad rubbish. I got into a shouting match many years ago with Claude Sitton over a dishonest story(which he later admitted to in a letter to me) and once heard Frank Daniels bragging and laughing to a friend as I was boarding a plane about how he had “stuck it to Jesse Helms. I have been sick of those… Read more »

RR.
RR.
6 months ago

I wonder if they considered investigating Democrats as aggressively investigate Republicans? Perhaps… they could work to inform people about what’s happening… even if it might inspire voters to make the “wrong”choice… I wonder if people would buy their paper then?

Chip
Chip
6 months ago

I need a moment to mourn the passing of the N&O… ok I’m done. All better!

JoCo.Bob
JoCo.Bob
6 months ago

I am told the N&O’s days as a print newspaper are numbered in that they plan on ending the print version soon. Part of the bankruptcy filing was to clear the deck of those huge second tier debts and other financial issues that forced the company to keep printing for the added revenue to keep the bond folks happy. . With the debt gone they will pursue going totally web based at all the McClatchy properties. I understand the Miami product is that now as was used to see how it would go. Of course there is also the likely… Read more »

Radio_Smuggles
Radio_Smuggles
6 months ago

Before dad died in 2016 my bean counting sister proposed we end his 70+ year subscription to the N&O. Besides, she argued, I think he is loosing his marbles and possibly has dementia. this coming from his kid that though he was never going to make it to 1970. I reassured her that despite his physical decline he did not have memory issues. . “How do you know that,” she asked? . Me. “Because of two recent events. 1. “He still knows he hates cheese.” 2. “He’s still bitching and moaning about the N&O just like he did when the… Read more »

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