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Myra Bronstein
09-15-2009, 05:13 AM
I LOVE Michael Moore. He doesn't state this strongly enough (i.e., newspapers failed 'cause they refused to report news), but he comes close.

http://www.thewrap.com/ind-column/michael-moore-says-us-newspapers-slit-their-own-throats_7058

By Sharon Waxman (http://www.thewrap.com/users/teedeetest)
Published: September 14, 2009

Filmmaker Michael Moore accused American newspapers of “slitting their own throats” in a news conference in Toronto on Monday where he was promoting his new film, “Capitalism.”

It’s not the Internet that has killed newspapers, the gadfly documentarian said in a four-minute detour from talking about his film, which rejects capitalism as “undemocratic.”

Instead, he said, it’s corporate greed. “These newspapers have slit their own throats,” he said. “Good riddance.”

Moore said that newspapers, bought up by corporations in the last generation, have pursued profits at the expense of news gathering. By basing their businesses on advertising over circulation, newspaper owners have neglected their true economic base and core constituency, he said.
He also accused those corporations of supporting Republican candidates, which have discouraged reading and education in measures such as supporting the elimination of the Education Department at the federal level.
And Moore cited newspapers like those in Baltimore or Detroit, his home town, with firing reporters that cover subjects that affect the community.
Ultimately, he said, this was self-defeating. It would be like GM deciding to encourage people not to drive, he said.

“It’s their own greed, their own stupidity,” he said. “It’s capitalism that taken (newspapers) from us.”

Moore said he tried to include the subject in his new film, but it became too large a topic and instead he may make an entire film about the fall of newspapers.

“One year or two years from now,” he predicted, “we are not going to have daily newspapers.”

David Guyatt
09-15-2009, 08:30 AM
That, of course, is the true impact of unrestrained Capitalism. It destroys rather than nurtures. Divides rather than adheres. Seeks war instead of peace. It is just about the most destructive philosophy of mankind because it elevates to semi-divine status what were once called the Seven Deadly Sins.

Farewell and good riddance as Moore said.

Magda Hassan
09-15-2009, 08:43 AM
I couldn't agree more with Moore :p. He will make another great movie if he does one on the media. It's about time they were exposed for their fraud. I hardly ever read a newspaper these days. i never pay money to buy one. No self respecting fish or chip would dare to be seen wrapped up in one though it does make good kitty litter liner. Nor do I bother with tv much either.

Good to see people can still think for themselves despite the effort of the MSM to stop all that nonsense:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/14/business/media/14survey.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper

No more journalism schools?
http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/09/can-journalism-schools-be-relevant-in-a-world-on-the-brink/