The start of reverse syndication (and end of the AP?)

New Jersey’s Star-Ledger today put out an entire edition without anything from the Associated Press within. The sharp-eyed reader will notice lots of local news by staff plus articles from other papers–Washington Post, LA Times, McClatchy, the Glouceseter County Times–and content from online services such as Sportsticker.

It’s one more nail in the heart of the AP as other papers cancel their contracts and more threaten to.

At the same time, Political announces that it will give stories to papers with ads attached that Politico and Addify sell and they will share revenue with the papers. Politico’s deal is the first major substantiation of the reverse-syndication model, a product of the link economy. It’s another nail in the heart of the Associated Press, which is built instead for the content economy.

The old syndication model in the old content economy just won’t work today when all the world needs is one copy of a story up in the cloud with links to it. Today, the more links that article can get, the more valuable it is. So sharing value with those who send links to it only makes sense.

The AP is not bad (no matter what foolish things it may have done in the blog kerfuffle recently). It’s just expensive. Papers the size of the Cleveland Plain Dealer say they pay $1 million a year. As they get more local, as reverse syndiction models come to the fore, as they have to tighten budgets, the industry-supported AP syndication model is mortally threatened. Still, this isn’t about the AP. It’s about the new architecture of news and media.

  • Working Reporter

    If content producers sharing value with those who send link to their content makes sense, doesn’t it also make sense for blogs and aggregators that carry advertising to share revenue with the content producing sites they link to or copy content from?

    Rather than this constant reinvention of content production and distribution, what if we focused instead on redesigning the online advertising model to be content-based, rather than media-based — the ads are linked to the content, rather than to whatever site where the content happens to appear?

    Imagine if content producers could publish free content without restrictions, confident that no matter how that content is republished, mashed up, linked, or repurposed, they will receive some slice of any revenue that repurposed content generates.

    Imagine if small local or niche journalism sites could pull a share revenue from ads on the New York Times Web site every time the Times used their content — without having to enter into a long term contract with the newspaper.

    Imagine a system where using content as part of a larger creative project granted more shared revenue than simple copying or linking, thereby encouraging creativity down the long tail.

    The technology to do this is out there — sites like attributor.com are able to track content across the Web, and ideas like creative commons can help content producers define how their content can be reused.

    The current model of CPM advertising, where in theory aggregators’ links back to content are expected to increase content’s value, seems simply to be failing — newspaper content, for example, has an extraordinary online audience through links and reuse by aggregators and blogs, yet the trickle of income from online ads on newspaper Web sites is anemic and slowing. And there’s a marketplace problem in the growth of aggregation sites that create no content, but compete for advertising dollars with the sites that they link to and copy from.

    Smart advertising would allow content producers to make money off of their content without constantly policing its reuse a la the RIAA. Seems like an idea worth exploring — otherwise I fear that once the current cycle of downsizing and consolidation ends, the remaining mega media corporations will show far less interest in supporting the free flow of ideas, and far more in protecting their valuable content against reuse.

  • http://www.ap.org Paul Colford

    We understand that The Star-Ledger and the media industry as a whole are facing difficult financial challenges and that in this environment many newspapers are experimenting with news priorities and with their presentation of news. The Associated Press has been working with all members of the cooperative, including The Star-Ledger, to determine their needs and to ensure that the AP news report retains its value to them and their readers. Member Choice, the content and pricing initiative rolled out this summer, was in fact developed as a response to member requests for simpler content and pricing options.

    We believe AP news is a critical ingredient for all news reports, both directly and as a foundation for many other sources of news. Breaking news from AP journalists around the world and in the United States, for example, serves as the origin for stories pursued by both AP members and many other news organizations.

    AP will continue to work with all members of the cooperative to ensure we are providing the most efficient, valued and essential news service for newspapers so that their own reporters and editors can focus on local coverage.

    Paul Colford

    Corporate Communications

    The Associated Press

  • http://burden.ca/blog/ Tim Burden

    But Paul, how will the AP retain it’s value when
    1. The web is a pretty good newswire and it’s free.
    2. When, like Jeff said, you only need one copy of a story online and everyone else can just link to it.
    3. When, even if the shared content model works in print, it is actually worse than useless online – and everyone’s moving online?

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  • http://mikespataro.typepad.com/ Mike Spataro

    Jeff,

    I was at UPI when the first newspapers started to bail out on our wire service, obviously way back when and for very different reasons than what the AP is going through. When that train leaves the station it can snowball rather quickly. Times are changing (again).

  • http://www.ktvz.com Barney Lerten

    Loved Working Reporter’s thoughts. Shouldn’t AP try to help orchestrate that and break free of the “we have the reporters, and our newspapers, to provide content”? Is it possible they could find that kind of niche? We’re all struggling to monetize the Web – many great ideas have sunk, because we no doubt have to think outside – heck throw away – the box.

    Hey Mike! Former Unipresser here, too;-)

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  • http://tomaltman.com Tom Altman

    Props to Tim (from above)

    The point is the internet IS the Associated Press. With the exception it doesn’t cost you anything. Can you imagine if the newspapers of the US joined up and actually helped each other instead of tried to scoop each other?

    Hopefully newspapers will figure out that their real competition is not other newspapers – but other media outlets. At that point – then the other newspapers become their own resources – not enemies.

    Good post.

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  • http://na DF

    You cannot separate this from the severely flawed reporting of the AP. When millions of people speak of and are aware of media bias, the primary offender is the AP (or Reuters.) Local reporters are known in the community, and know the details of what they report. That, and becasue there are always many local witnesses or participants that can refute claims made in the story, make them more or less honest. But AP wire reporters are anonymous, and thousands of miles away. When we started learning that they were omitting facts, slanting stories, and often enough simply making things up to match their political views, we couldnt trust them anymore.

    This might not be the sole reason right now for the reverse syndication you describe, but it is most definitely a part of it.

  • Dan NYC

    One small step for mankind. I recently switched all my news links on My Yahoo! from AP to Reuters. There is a noticeable positive difference.

    BTW: AP reporters’ bylines appear on raw feeds of their stories. If you want to contact AP reporters directly about them, the email protocol works like this: John Smith = jsmith@ap.org.

  • William R. Casey

    But Paul Colford, isn’t it possible readers are tired of you biased and misleading headlines and stories?

  • Skip

    I always thought that the real reason the internet is killing newspapers is not that people don’t want to pay for what they can get free, it’s that they exploded the myth that newspapers create their own content. OK, maybe that wasn’t a myth, as such, but in the early 90s I bought a newspaper to read during my lunch hour practically every day. I remember quite distinctly a day sometime in, oh, about 1995 or 1996, where I bought a paper and started reading it, and thought ‘oh, this must be yesterday’s paper, I recognize all these stories’, then looked at the date and realized it wasn’t. I’d just seen all these wire stories on one website or another, and that less than one story in ten was something I hadn’t seen already.

    I remember it because that’s quite literally the last day I bought a newspaper for general reading over my lunch break. I’ve bought maybe ten newspapers when I wasn’t out traveling since then, all for specific purposes.

    If you’d asked me on that day, I’d have told you that the newspaper business model was doomed. Sure, I was on the bleeding edge, but the rest of the country was eventually going to follow.

  • http://www.twice.com Doug NY Reporter

    The problem with the “linked” economy is who will you link to when there is no original reporting. The AP may be journalistically flawed, but it has the ability to cover a story globally, and that is still needed in a world where major dailies have closed their foreign desks due to budget considerations.

  • Skip

    To answer Doug NY Reporter’s question, you’ll link to those who are on the ground locally. Not the NY Times foreign desk writer writing about Baghdad, but the reporter who actually lives there.

    This will really be no different than what the AP does today with stringers, but will just be more explicit.

  • Pat

    I don’t see why we need newspapers at all anymore. What purpose do they serve?

  • Gary Gulrud

    Actually, fraud perpetrated by AP, NYT, CBS, etc., is an underlying, conducive cause of the economics.

    When ‘journalists’ decided ‘what the story ought to mean’ was more important than ‘observable fact’ they lost the only currency they had, credibility.

    News put out by any of the above is a loss leader.

  • http://talltown.us Bart

    Quote: “I don’t see why we need newspapers at all anymore. What purpose do they serve?”

    They’re still handy for lining the bottom of bird cages.

  • DonK

    As a (happily) ex-AP staffer, I’ve been appalled by the AP’s move away from being the “Joe Friday (just the facts, ma’am) of journalism” into a company that wears its opinions on its sleeve. Its advocacy journalism is nauseating — and many of the veterans who are still there (the ones Tom Curley and his team haven’t been able to get rid of) are equally horrified.

    The AP was also incredibly late to the Internet.

    That said, the AP’s worldwide reach, its sports coverage, broadcast wires and other services assure that it’s going nowhere fast. What may happen is that there will be papers (still the big dogs at the AP) who opt to take fewer or less-costly services. That will hurt the AP in the wallet – but don’t bet on it going under any time soon.

  • http://www.holylamb.com Eduardo Buck Schmidt

    This will probably be a good thing for independent photographers and reporters who are local, though the means to organize it all to quickly cover a story just isn’t there yet. But I’m sure it will be soon, as soon as someone figures out how to make some money on it. I live on the mouth of the Amazon River if anyone needs photos from here, put me on your list!

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  • greg

    Hey AP—you still don’t get it and probably never will—people are tired our your liberal, biased, democrat influenced, twisted reporting. We’re smarter and want the real news

  • Noah B

    Whenever I think of the AP, I immediately also think of slanted, biased, and often shoddy reporting. It seems to me that, when I have intimate knowledge of a story they’re covering, they are usually lying or largely wrong.

    I hope they go away completely. This would be a better world without them in it.

  • Linda Seebach

    @ Doug NY Reporter, who said, “that is still needed in a world where major dailies have closed their foreign desks due to budget considerations.”

    When did major US dailies ever *have* foreign desks, except for the few that are the local voices of major wire services that pay for them? American newspapers do retail (local), they outsourced international, and most national, news to wholesalers (wire services) back before the Civil War.

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  • http://www.beatcanvas.com Brett Rogers

    The AP? Oh yeah… that old “news” organization that consistently lied to the public by omission in its “reporting.” Audience inevitably shrinks when journalists niche. Everybody moved on once they figured it out what the AP was doing because it was easy to look to alternative sources (see Jeff’s reference to the link economy) and see what wasn’t reported and why.

    You lose trust, you lose audience, and nobody misses you.

    Also, Paul Colford has the least conversational comment here. The tone of the comment PR release itself says exactly what is wrong your company, Paul.

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  • JoanS

    Great news! I’m running down to Wawa right now to pick up a copy! Next– the Inquirer!!

  • Stephen Sorrell

    I think technology well step into some of the shoes of journalists. Self publishing thought Twitter, blogs, and other means is very popular. Aggregation technology can form these disparate elements into a rough story with timeline. Voting, through views or a mechanism on the website, becomes the editor and decides what is on the front page or how the stories are ordered. Instead of a reporter, TV or Newspaper, seeking out a disaster victim you can read the stories, with photos, of several people. How much cheaper is that?

    As for investigative journalism, I’m concerned. However, there are technologies to track this too. Note the websites which show payoffs, excuse me donations, to politicians with their voting records. And groups of people can form quickly over various issues. Creating a website, compiling signatures, etc. Notice the issue with the Canadian iPhone and Rodger’s backing down temporarily on their pricing plans. So, this might fill that gap too.

    Newspapers are a distribution system and shouldn’t be confused with content they carry. People still very much want the content, perhaps now more than ever. As long as the company owners think they are in the business of printing on paper they will have issues.

  • http://pegasusnews.com Mike Orren

    Let’s flip the question. Does the AP still need newspapers?

    While papers reduce their pagecount and trim staffs for local reporting, that means less space, but more commoditized “wire” content, whatever the source.

    Meantime, the AP has a huge bank of national and international news, sports, photos, etc. And most importantly, they have reporters on the ground in most markets of any size. They don’t have near the overhead of a major American daily, but they’ve got brand recognition and feet on the street.

    Now of course, the AP currently needs newspapers because of the subscription revenues they chip in. But a million dollars per market? A lean, mean pure-play with a name brand could conceivably pull that or close to it in local ad revenues — more with a national network. Imagine a local pure-play with rich content across local, national and international. The challenge would be how to jump across the chasm.

    One thing that often gets lost is that while brand / hub-ability / etc. is now a non-factor across many types of media, it still matters in local, partly because of the more intimate scale and fewer players.

    I run an upstart local pureplay, and the newspaper doesn’t scare me. But dallas.ap.org (or a location-aware ap.org) would be a real kick in the pants.

  • henry butler

    there is no question that biased reporting is the actual reason for the eventual end of AP, as well as any other wire service…the internet has given news readers actual facts and they are now aware of the ineptitude, as well as outright misrepresentation by AP and their cooperative…is it too late to change? yes, because that would require restaffing every newsroom in america with ethical journalists…a great tragedy but a triumph for our republic.

  • http://www.rigoletto.com/blogger.html ZZMike

    I wonder if this has anything to do with AP’s recent policy of charging people by the word (so much for a 5-word, excerpt, a little more for 10 words, and so on).

  • the asset

    shorter AP: “but how can you expect a world *in which there are no large-scale buggywhip manufacturers* to survive?!?”

  • Mark Richards

    Hidden somewhere in this discussion perhaps may be the consideration that the AP has lately leaned significantly towards the political dimension of the US Republicans.

    Certain instances of this, widely criticized in the critic-sphere, have caused me to consider the huge moral, ethical, and social responsibility upon an organization like AP whose stories (along with the old UPI) I used to “rip and read” in my older radio days. AP is trusted to cover the stories that are vital to the public’s need and right to know and do it in a manner that reports on facts with appropriate context sans bias. The AP epitomizes the term “mainstream media” in light of their position.

    I have to hand a lot of respect to AP for attempting to maintain this standard for so long. Unfortunately it took a turn for the worst, which again, I wonder – does this partially explain why some newspapers are saying “so long”?

  • John

    There is definitely a market for news that isn’t tainted by the left-wing bias of the Associated Press. I can’t wait until I find a news source that believes its mission is to report facts, not promote political agendas.

  • John

    This is a news source that simply cannot bring itself to print the words “Bush” or “Iraq War” without the words “deeply unpopular” in front of them. Who do they think they’re kidding? Every time they print the words “Bill Clinton”, do they feel the need to qualify them with “intern abusing, national disgrace, grand-jury lying, disbarred attorney Bill Clinton”?

    The AP believes that it is in the business of running the country by controlling what people know and how they should feel about it. They’re not as slick as they think, however, and many, many people will raise a glass upon hearing of their final demise.

  • http://wyblog.us/ Chris

    Their print edition may not have any AP content but their online site is chock full of it. About half of the stories linked on NJ.com carry the AP byline.

  • Andy S.

    As a subscriber to the Star Ledger, I’d like to point out that, while yesterday’s issue was indeed devoid of AP content, today’s contained a normal helping. Therefore I’d venture that this issue is far from closed.

  • AL

    Not sorry to see AP go. They started to slant the news and if I wanted that baloney, I could turn on the TV.

  • Peeno

    Wow, I’m glad to see so many people outright rejecting the AP and their “humorous” Press release. It’s always funny to see someone insist they are relevant and totally miss the point why they are extinct.
    Check out these sites every day:
    http://rense.com
    http://infowars.com
    http://informationclearinghouse.info

    Many other good ones out there, indexing the daily important topics, Truth will win out in the end. Those wishing to completely dumb down the population are slightly mislead about the outrage upon discovering it, slightly underestimated the regular man’s ability to see through years of bizarro-world upside down reality-altering media reporting. Critical mass will hit and the peoples of the world will all question what is being hidden from them, where the wealth is vacuumed off to, whom is responsible. Educated professionals from all walks of life point out the contradictions in every hypnotizing message. Using shock and awe and false flag terror will not frighten us into silence. Your crimes are being documented and discussed in every major city on the globe. You were not happy with just owning it all, would never seek to abandon your plans at creating a prison planet, so therefore, the crimes you commit imagining that there will be no consequence shall also be your millstone.

    Freedom and truth will win out in the end, however ugly you want to make it for everyone is up to you. But what comes around, goes around – hard, cold and fast.

    http://patriotsquestion911.com

  • Scott G

    Very interesting insights in this blog.

    Isn’t what is happening here the “frictionless economy” that Bill Gates spoek about years ago? Where the consumers can go directly to the producers without anyone between?

    I run a tech business and have found that in large part the need for distributors (AKA middlemen) has decreased considerably. Most of my business is direct to the end user now. I imagine it is no different in the news business.

    The real selling point will be “branding”. So perhaps the local news will have an edge in getting the public’s eyeballs on regional issues, but perhaps a different site, as one blogger brought up, may win out for national or international news. Your money will be made supplying exactly what the user is looking for; i.e if you only want to know what is going on in your region, you will “tune” into “local.news.org”

  • Mary

    A Po on all the blatantly liberal biased rags…The NY Times, The Boston Globe will be mext. Good!

  • AP Hater

    I hope they cease to exist. Horrible company. Unaduterated liers and propagandy pushers.

  • Paul in NJ

    William R. Casey Says: But Paul Colford, isn’t it possible readers are tired of you biased and misleading headlines and stories?

    Readers might be, but the Star-Ledger doesn’t seem to care; have you read their editorials, like, ever? Once in a while they let a conservative loose from the sub-basement, but usually it’s the usual leftist take on, well, everything. If they’re dropping AP, it’s because of the cost – not because they lean waaay left.

  • http://www.mediaflect.com Dorian Benkoil

    not surprised. only that it’s happening so fast. Speaking of business models, as we were earlier today, Jeff: What’s AP’s way out of this, from a business standpoint? How to gain new revenues without overly jeopardizing current ones?

  • JimM

    9/11 convinced me that TV and print news were useless. Internet news is on demand and timely. The only reason I get a newspaper is find out about sales in local stores and to get local event information and news.

    Most major newspapers a so filled with ads that frankly I think they should pay me to take them.

    Furthermore most newspapers write articles that purposely hide facts near the end of the article and in word them in such a way as to make it very difficult to make up your own mind about the causes, nature and extent of current events. They are more interested in playing on emotions that reporting information. I get more from the internet and radio. TV news, even many of the specials, are so biased it isn’t funny.

    I agree with the person in this thread that said that news will be provided by local eye witnesses. Right now they are harder to find but far more useful. When local bloggers show bias, their bias is very clear so I can account for it. Plus you can often find people with opposite biases and compare. The US MSM tends to hide their bias in crafty wording and subtle comments.

  • Agrippa

    The problem with newspapers and their circulation is that they don’t any real investigative reporting on topics that help their readers. The Ap is 80% guilty of that as well, and the average consumer of news is turned off by the propoganda disguised as news. Rarely do we see an investigative piece that doesn’t come to some conclusion that is diametrically opposed to the common sense and real politik experiences of average Americans.

    The bulk of media operatives sing to the chior of socialism and tribalism. Non brainwashed humans know that both are harmful in their content and intent. That is why Fox News rocketed up the ratings soon after it’s debut and surpass older “established” networks even now. Fox has found an audience among the citizenry not infected with commie double-speak and Fox isn’t conservative at all. They are just “more” conservative then the rest of the news media / newspapers. Check the polls on any issue people, and you will see that the philosophical dribble that comes straight from the mouths of socialists and communists only appeals to about 35% of the population, and half of those are uneducated welfare trash who just want to say. “dats what I’m talkin’ ’bout.”

    If some entity were to actually found a conservative newspaper or Broadcast channel, they would see an instant market share and rock solid profits. That would require telling the truth and offending the radical 35% of the population with the loudest mouths though. Of course the first year profit statement from any hypothetical conservative news organization would spawn imitators, and soon after the Marxists would be laid bare by contrast for all to see, and they would be reduced to fighting over table scraps from the 35% demographic to whom they actually appeal.

    AP you have done America a greater disservice than 10 million Benedict Arnolds ever could. We the People wish you and your offspring a speedy demise.

  • Roger Godby

    Interesting, but as another poster noted, it might be a one-off observation, the paper containing plenty of AP the following day. I suspect AP will have to start lowering prices but, yes, with all its many “reporters,” it’s probably not going out of business soon, although a slow consumptive decline might be in the offing.

    I’m curious to see how long independent journalists like Michael Yon and Michael Totten can continue. They get donations, sell articles (and more), and write what they see by going to where the action is.

    By the way, please update your WordPress, for your own sake.

  • Franc

    People have grown weary how the AP, NY Times, LA Times, et al have become house organs for the DNC and Al Qeada. An AP story by a Ms. Snow today marvelled at how Cubans can moblize for storms under Fidel’s rule. The writer does not mention Fidel but she marvels how the police are everywhere and looting is non existant because the average Cuban has few material possessions. The AP is a dinosaur peddling leftist propaganda. They cannot die fast enough. The death of the NY Times will mean millions of trees will be saved.

  • JJJ

    Excuses, excuses… I believe the ongoing failure of the LSM in print, and the assemblyline AP syndicated Pap is more about the American peoples’ rejection of that media’s escalating bias, censorship and hostilty to America, and our traditional American values.

    What the Media Elites are passing off as “news”, these days, is mostly the deviant Leftist agenda in the form of their unwanted, front page Editorials.. while relavant issues are buried, or non-existant..

    Even as their readership & profits continue to plummet.. the old Corp Media Hacks continue to crank out their unacceptable BS that insults our intelligence, and undermines our Country, including our national security..

    Enough is enough.. I sincerely hope that All these snearing Editors-at-large will soon reap what they have sown over the years.. in overt lies, lies of omission, manipulation, and collusion with domestic & foreign enemies of the USA… The sooner they go out of business, the better..

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  • jjosh

    AP demise is caused by the organization lack of providing a product people want. The AP information went from dtories of jouralist integrity to stories written like tabloid trash with information slanted with bias and misinformation.

  • S Baker

    In short, a major media monopoly is busted and this is a good thing. The same slant to the news has been replaced by other, often more credible, options.

  • Andy Freeman

    > If content producers sharing value with those who send link to their content makes sense, doesn’t it also make sense for blogs and aggregators that carry advertising to share revenue with the content producing sites they link to or copy content from?

    Link, no, copy content, yes.

    A link says “there’s something interesting over there, and here’s how to get to it”. The linker isn’t replacing the linkee.

    “Copy content” is different, even if there is some confusion when the copy includes a link.

    However, there’s another “copy content” issue. Namely, disclosure. Newspapers (and AP) have a nasty habit of reprinting press releases as original work. This has had an effect on their “brand”, but it also weakens the “we should get paid for our content” argument. When it’s often not “your content” and you’re lying about it….

  • http://www.horsepowerandheels.com Erica

    That is the best thing that a newspaper could do… cancel their contracts with the AP.

    I worked at two different newspapers in advertising, during this great decline in readership. What amazed me is that the newspaper continued to regurgitate the same AP wire crap that came to us by cell phone, internet, etc. almost a full day before.

    The value of the newspaper was now excinct, and they couldn’t bring themselves to accept that. The only sucessful pieces of the newspaper became the hyper-local weekly magazine that focused on the community itself, not AP wire garbage.

    If newspapers can resolve that they are no longer the media dominating powers they think they are, and accept that they need to adapt to the times, I think they could actually revive their industry.

    But the two papers I worked for had a very traditionalist attitude, and that’s just not going to cut it for much longer.

  • Rich Madsen Florida

    Good bye AP. You have dominated what we read for way too long. Your reporters are feeding off the internet like everyone else. I for one would like to see your demise:]

  • Rich Madsen Florida

    News papers need to concentrate on local communities in order to survive. They will not be the advertising mongles they grew up to become. Instead the ones that survive will wind up printing community news that interests the people they serve. I used to buy a paper once in a while for the classified and now I use Craig’s list. Oh how I love Craig’s List.

  • Charles P

    When the news media covers up the facts on major stories, for decades, then it should be no surprise that people do not want to pay for these lies.

    Some examples are:
    the fact that Dan Rather and other Hollywood celebs are guilty of treason, for trying to assassinate both Pres. FORD and REAGAN, on numerous occassions. Where was the news story?? COVER-UP!!

    A former Saudi leader admitted that their intention was to attack the USA and other non muslim nations, back in the early 1970’s. This news interview was “lost” (destroyed) and the news media pretended that the threat was not there, all so that “The GReatest Generation” could have cheap gasoline, and the heck with future Americans!!

    The Soviet Union was caught, BY ME, attempting 8 different military invasions of America or American allies. The news media has not only covered-up these stories, but covered-up my stopping such atrocities and then painted the Soviets as a bunchof sweethearts!!

    I do not have time for shoveling through this much manure!

    This does not just apply to the news, but also to Hollywood movies /television shows that are totally lies (“Charlie Wilson’s War”, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”, ETC.). These rich elites are openly committing fraud and I AM NOT INTERESTED IN WASTING MY MONEY OR TIME ON THIS COW MANURE!

    It is NOT the internet (World wide Web) that is to blame for the failures of these companies, it is CORRUPTION AND A TOTAL LACK OF INTEGRITY!! These news/entertainment companies are INTENTIONALLY MAKING THE SAME TYPE OF CORRUPT MISTAKES THAT THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES DID DURING THE 1960-70’s period. Then they lie and BLAME A CHANGING WORLD FOR THEIR FAILURES (ACTUALLY IT IS PLANNED FAILURES-much like the Fannie Mae/Freedie Mac FAILURES ARE!!)

    You will notice that Company management still recieved its high pay and bonuses, the entire time that they are failing. this is because they are “RAPING THE COMPANY” and CAUSING THE FAILURES!!!

  • V.O. Reason

    In America, we vote with our wallets. It’s been more than 10 years since I last subscribed to any newspaper. Why? Because newspapers long ago stopped reporting actual news and instead became a distribution mechanism for printed socialist propaganda.

    Newspaper subscriptions have plummeted throughout the USA. Not as a consequence of the world wide web, but because fewer and fewer people are willing to pay money for worthless crap in the form of a “newspaper.”

    Did the liberal press get the message that no one was interested in their opinion? Not a chance. Instead, they progressed beyond the strict reporting of opinion and moved straight on to a concerted effort to influence the opinions of everyone else.

    In their new careers, at least we can count on them to use the correct grammar when asking if we would care for a side-order of french fries with our meal…

  • Doc Savage

    RIP but good riddence to AP.

  • Debbie

    Go Rubin Says ya did it well Thumbs up ! And don’t worry there are more out here that agree with you than not Keep the faith Babe Knock your socks off!

  • Disgusted Yankee

    I, too, haven’t subscribed to The Hartford Courant here in Connecticut for at least 15 years since their wild, left-wing slant became too much for us. In addition, having actually SEEN a few instances and BEEN THERE at the site of something one of their “reporters” reported upon, I couldn’t freakin’ believe I was at the same place when I read about it the next day.
    Thus, like so many above, I now believe that journalistic ethics are an oxymoron.

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  • Enway Dyoll

    Good riddance to the AP. One of the most biased news reporting agencies
    that exists. It won’t be missed. Journalism is certainly almost completely
    dead. There was a time when unbiased news reporting was coveted. Now,
    unfortunately, all that is mainly left is slanted-tabloid reporting. Congrats to the demise of the AP. Hooray!!!!!!!

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  • jerry young

    the nyt ran that iraqi prison story for a month, appearantly the usa was closed that month and it was the only story they could find, well i cancelled that subscription…maybe the root cause isn’t revenue this revenue that, maybe the fact that alot of papers do not report…the have a side and they stick to it…i am a democrat…but i am not an anti church athiest who hates anyone who has a republican friend, so i have no use for any of the nyt’s content, i think the current president isn’t good, so i can read an issue of the nyt from 2003 and its the same thing CONTENT published today, actually it is not content it is OPINION, if the newspaper industry wants to stay afloat, they should fire their editors, all of them, except maybe sports….and make it a point to have a few story pickers around who are educated enough to get facts, arrange them, then put them into an article .
    if i got all of my news from the nyt, i would know more about pregnant 17 yr olds from alaska than obamas or mccains policys….i bet the nyt reporters got all their info off myspace anyways…i may just have a highschool education, but i own a successful business, i know failed business models, so it is easy to see why print media is such a cluster-affair, maybe the newspapers should run on a business model of some type..you know the idea that you have customers and you generate revenue by offering a product they will consume, us yokles west of manhatten have been using this quaint custom for a long time, i walk through houses and talk to all types of people all day long, people are hungry for the news, they talk about it, news tv is the tv i see the most in houses and business’s, so the ap is providing a product no one wants, the times, chronicles, gate, whatever..produce a product no one wants, it has no monetary value, you think people like doing web searches for all their news….no, there are few places one can find news… that for sure…the ap’s content is their product, its a tainted damaged product…..and no body in the real world views it as news, i know my writing is like an average school teachers but i’m too busy to punctuate, i live in the real world..oh yeah jason blair….oh snap

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