There’s been lots of wailing over the fact that the New York Daily News is shedding half its staff. Here’s a selection of its recent front pages:
Apparently nobody wants to pay for this sort of cutting-edge journalism any more. Who would have thought? There is some schadenfreude coming from the right over job losses from journalism in general, mainly because of the utter disdain the media showed to blue-collar folk in the rust belt. “Learn to code” was the flippant remark when someone raised their predicament with the Metropolitan middle classes. Well, off you go then, journalists!
Of course, some writers haven’t quite grasped what’s going on and, being story-tellers, have taken to creating comforting narratives:
most people are going to wisely repeat to you the line that “newspapers are dying” like it’s everyone on the internet’s fault, and not a parasitic executive class vulturing their way through profitable newsrooms, destroying lives to fund their sixth house and second yacht
— Nathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) July 23, 2018
It’s a nice story, but as commenter Howard Roark says on Twitter, how an executive class can buy newspapers, ruin them, and make enough money to buy yachts isn’t clear. For my part, I’d say their demise has more to do with the media becoming little more than the propaganda arm of the ruling classes, and modern journalists having no interest in truth or accuracy. The front covers of the NYDN should have served as a warning long before now.