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2022-07-04 2:56:54 PM  
Ya, and Buggy-Whip manufacturers are closing at an alarming rate as well...
 
2022-07-04 4:00:40 PM  
Where else am I going to find Mike the Stock-Pickin' Chicken?
 
2022-07-04 4:20:57 PM  
Also, who needs local news when we have FARK?
 
2022-07-04 5:01:43 PM  
There's always the scanner app.
 
2022-07-04 6:26:08 PM  
These papers are becoming the next propaganda arm of the elites, like local radio and television stations are becoming.  It's just an investment in astroturfing and votes.
 
2022-07-04 6:26:12 PM  
Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.
 
2022-07-04 6:28:22 PM  
Well a lot of it is the same kind of white supremacist self-congratulatory wanking you'll see on Fox " News," albeit less shrieky. Plus weather and sports.
 
2022-07-04 6:28:29 PM  
I suppose 30 years late is better than never noticing it going on, but really?
 
2022-07-04 6:34:02 PM  

TheMaskedArmadillo: Also, who needs local news when we have FARK?


Where does Fark get its stories?
 
2022-07-04 6:36:13 PM  
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2022-07-04 6:36:44 PM  

zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.


If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.
 
2022-07-04 6:39:34 PM  

artifishy: TheMaskedArmadillo: Also, who needs local news when we have FARK?

Where does Fark get its stories?


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2022-07-04 6:44:18 PM  

Wadded Beef: Where else am I going to find Mike the Stock-Pickin' Chicken?


CNBC.
 
2022-07-04 6:44:18 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: artifishy: TheMaskedArmadillo: Also, who needs local news when we have FARK?

Where does Fark get its stories?

[i.pinimg.com image 850x1274]


Accurate for the Poltab at least.
 
2022-07-04 6:48:13 PM  
(1) As a practical matter, there is no "left-wing" or "right-wing" way to cover a water & sewer board meeting, or a city council meeting.

(2) Newspapers have editorial pages. Editorial pages are where you read opinions. News pages are where you read the fact-derived news. If you "read opinions" in the news pages, then the story editor missed something.

(3) Newspapers look for facts they can present to a reader. On average, the more facts it presents about a situation, the less likely that situation will coincide with the socio-political projection that right-wing conservative theocratic cranks will apply to it. "Reality has a liberal bias," etc.

(4) It is an admitted flaw of local newspapers that not all elements of the community are covered in the same manner. One group's public event is covered, yet a less "desirable" group's public event, similar in nature, does not get covered. This is usually a flaw in the practice of journalism, not an overt prejudice in action.
 
2022-07-04 6:49:04 PM  
I've lived in small towns.  Even before the newspaper business fell off a cliff, they weren't very good, by and large.  In fact, many were out and out awful.

I sometimes wonder if our common clay brethren would be better off being completely oblivious of world affairs than having their empty heads filled with Russian/Christo-fascist propaganda and lies.
 
2022-07-04 6:49:48 PM  

zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.


Oh well, back to Fox News you go.
 
2022-07-04 6:50:12 PM  
I study it out on the internet.  I need more high capacity magazines to protect myself from the BLM/ANTIFA miltants that are going to take over my shrinking industrial town.
 
2022-07-04 7:00:46 PM  

The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-07-04 7:03:15 PM  
Seriously, though. Good independent local reporting keeps bad politicians in check. All the farksticks that are on the national stage now started somewhere.
 
2022-07-04 7:05:09 PM  

The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.


Yes all the blue utopias like Detroit, St. Louis and Memphis are thriving.
 
2022-07-04 7:07:18 PM  

Ragin' Asian: The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.

[Fark user image 400x400]


Posts a picture of someone born in Arkansas.
Hilarious?
 
2022-07-04 7:07:58 PM  
They had an opportunity around 2003 or so to get their butts in gear and focus on real community news. But every dumbass editor and publisher decided that they wanted to be CNN on paper, which never freaking works.

When I lived in small town Indiana, the local paper would offer custom analysis on the Colts with no delivery on Mondays, because the sports editor wanted to get paid to watch football. If the Colts played Monday night football, the story wouldn't be printed until Wednesday. But no coverage of local sports outside of a box score.

Local news is boring. It's city council meetings, community group fundraisers, high school sports scores, the weather, and some interesting tidbits from the state level. None of that gets you a Pulitzer, but it offers something that cable doesn't. If your business plan is "copy-and-paste AP national news" and sell it 48 hours after the fact, you deserve to die bankrupt.

Local news sucks because management didn't care if it sucked.
 
2022-07-04 7:08:28 PM  

i_dig_chicks: The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.

Yes all the blue utopias like Detroit, St. Louis and Memphis are thriving.


Cities are awful, that's why nobody lives in them.
No jobs.
Everyone lives in the desert and plains and wilderness where there are so many great paying jobs.
 
2022-07-04 7:12:05 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: They had an opportunity around 2003 or so to get their butts in gear and focus on real community news. But every dumbass editor and publisher decided that they wanted to be CNN on paper, which never freaking works.

When I lived in small town Indiana, the local paper would offer custom analysis on the Colts with no delivery on Mondays, because the sports editor wanted to get paid to watch football. If the Colts played Monday night football, the story wouldn't be printed until Wednesday. But no coverage of local sports outside of a box score.

Local news is boring. It's city council meetings, community group fundraisers, high school sports scores, the weather, and some interesting tidbits from the state level. None of that gets you a Pulitzer, but it offers something that cable doesn't. If your business plan is "copy-and-paste AP national news" and sell it 48 hours after the fact, you deserve to die bankrupt.

Local news sucks because management didn't care if it sucked.


All that stuff is on my local city Facebook, Twitter, and web site. And probably some other internet places I'm not thinking of. Some "social media" person (whatever their title is) updates that stuff on a regular basis. No need for a newspaper.
 
2022-07-04 7:12:53 PM  

Begoggle: Ragin' Asian: The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.

[Fark user image 400x400]

Posts a picture of someone born in Arkansas.
Hilarious?


Went to DC, England, and New Haven before heading back to Arkansas to seek his political fortune. Christ. I'm defending Arkansas. I'm out.
 
2022-07-04 7:13:39 PM  
Yeah, some "crisis." FOX13 is the "gold standard" for competition here, with KOMO trying hard to compete with them in terms of right-wing bias and KING chasing KOMO. MyNorthwest can kiss my ass, and while KIRO 7's television coverage tends towards less bias, it frankly blows goats.

Also, KOMO can eat my whole ass. The whole ass. They can just tuck right the fark in. It's almost irrational how much I hate KOMO.
 
2022-07-04 7:16:28 PM  

The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.

Among the 17 states where population declined over the year, losses were greatest in New York (-1.58%), Illinois (-0.89%), Hawaii (-0.71%) and California (-0.66%). Losses in these states were driven by people moving away.


Blue, blue, blue and blue.

After Idaho and Utah, population grew the fastest in Montana (1.66%), Arizona (1.37%), South Carolina (1.17%), Delaware (1.16%), and Texas (1.06%).

Red, red, red, blue, red, blue, red

I mean, always lots of ways to look at it, but it seems the general trend is people leaving blue states for red. I'm too lazy to do it with raw numbers instead of percentages though.
 
2022-07-04 7:21:33 PM  

zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.


shut it traitor
 
2022-07-04 7:23:08 PM  
Most local news outfits are literally getting their marching orders from Rupert Murdoch, so good riddance.
 
2022-07-04 7:28:41 PM  

Ragin' Asian: Begoggle: Ragin' Asian: The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.

[Fark user image 400x400]

Posts a picture of someone born in Arkansas.
Hilarious?

Went to DC, England, and New Haven before heading back to Arkansas to seek his political fortune. Christ. I'm defending Arkansas. I'm out.


I'm not attacking or defending anyone here, just what you are saying makes no sense.
And it's not funny or whatever you're going for.
You even say he left Arkansas and came back.
What is your point?
 
2022-07-04 7:34:58 PM  
I saw today's newspaper, for a mid-sized city, in the store. $4.50 for maybe 32 pages.
 
2022-07-04 7:38:16 PM  
I notice that the article doesn't end with: "...so, we're going to open a lot of new newspapers and go bankrupt."
 
2022-07-04 7:38:49 PM  

zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.


You know there is more to a newspaper beyond the opinion pages right?
 
2022-07-04 7:41:53 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.

Among the 17 states where population declined over the year, losses were greatest in New York (-1.58%), Illinois (-0.89%), Hawaii (-0.71%) and California (-0.66%). Losses in these states were driven by people moving away.

Blue, blue, blue and blue.

After Idaho and Utah, population grew the fastest in Montana (1.66%), Arizona (1.37%), South Carolina (1.17%), Delaware (1.16%), and Texas (1.06%).

Red, red, red, blue, red, blue, red

I mean, always lots of ways to look at it, but it seems the general trend is people leaving blue states for red. I'm too lazy to do it with raw numbers instead of percentages though.


Don't people move to those places for reasons beyond politics though?
 
2022-07-04 7:52:07 PM  
The GOP wants a "Russia" level of poverty, and are probably the reason for the local papers closing.
 
2022-07-04 7:56:10 PM  

artifishy: TheMaskedArmadillo: Also, who needs local news when we have FARK?

Where does Fark get its stories?


Reddit
 
2022-07-04 7:58:52 PM  

zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.


This message brought to you by Sinclair.  ALL STATIONS MUST REPEAT DURING THE 6 AND 10 NEWS PROGRAMS.
 
2022-07-04 8:03:09 PM  

zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.


Smelly Pirate Hooker: Well a lot of it is the same kind of white supremacist self-congratulatory wanking you'll see on Fox " News," albeit less shrieky. Plus weather and sports.


This is what happens when you aren't exposed to news, just things you agree with all the time.
 
2022-07-04 8:03:29 PM  

zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-07-04 8:03:55 PM  

Marbleisheavy: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

This message brought to you by Sinclair.  ALL STATIONS MUST REPEAT DURING THE 6 AND 10 NEWS PROGRAMS.


Thankfully I live in a market where the Sinclair affiliate doesn't even try to air a local newscast.
 
2022-07-04 8:07:26 PM  

Begoggle: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: They had an opportunity around 2003 or so to get their butts in gear and focus on real community news. But every dumbass editor and publisher decided that they wanted to be CNN on paper, which never freaking works.

When I lived in small town Indiana, the local paper would offer custom analysis on the Colts with no delivery on Mondays, because the sports editor wanted to get paid to watch football. If the Colts played Monday night football, the story wouldn't be printed until Wednesday. But no coverage of local sports outside of a box score.

Local news is boring. It's city council meetings, community group fundraisers, high school sports scores, the weather, and some interesting tidbits from the state level. None of that gets you a Pulitzer, but it offers something that cable doesn't. If your business plan is "copy-and-paste AP national news" and sell it 48 hours after the fact, you deserve to die bankrupt.

Local news sucks because management didn't care if it sucked.

All that stuff is on my local city Facebook, Twitter, and web site. And probably some other internet places I'm not thinking of. Some "social media" person (whatever their title is) updates that stuff on a regular basis. No need for a newspaper.


Yeah but it's great if you can find it it in one place. Plus it usually has more impact on you than any national news story.
 
2022-07-04 8:09:53 PM  
There's no money in boring local news. It's all in agit-prop and click bait stories. We've all known that since the 1980s. Reagan proved it along with facts don't matter.
 
2022-07-04 8:14:53 PM  
UNC_Samurai:

[Fark user image 425x260]

I think it will be one of the greatest days in the history of the world when Trump kicks it.
 
2022-07-04 8:17:59 PM  

TheMaskedArmadillo: Ya, and Buggy-Whip manufacturers are closing at an alarming rate as well...


Local news is what you pay this website for. Also, you pay money to a website which is kind of lame as well.

Did you intentionally decide to offer nothing of value when you clicked "Add Comment"?
 
2022-07-04 8:19:02 PM  

vmcore: TheMaskedArmadillo: Ya, and Buggy-Whip manufacturers are closing at an alarming rate as well...

Local news is what you pay this website for. Also, you pay money to a website which is kind of lame as well.

Did you intentionally decide to offer nothing of value when you clicked "Add Comment"?


Yep
 
2022-07-04 8:29:54 PM  
A one time $5 purchase of rabbit ears and a view into the local zeitgeist with top notch hawt traffic reports and live unintentionally comedy gold?

Yes.
 
2022-07-04 8:33:25 PM  
Says the  Bullet Point News Service.
 
2022-07-04 8:33:27 PM  
The papers are now mostly astroturf propaganda outlets.

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-07-04 8:46:54 PM  

i_dig_chicks: The Brains: zgrizz: Maybe it should go back to reporting the news, and not parroting left-wing party lines.

I don't want you to tell me what to think. I want you to tell me who, what, when, where, why and how - and I will make up my own damn mind.

Until you go back to doing that, you are completely useless and I will not support you.

If right-wing policies are so great then why are the reddest states such shiatholes?

The least educated, most backwards, usually poorest.

Nobody leaves home to chase their dreams in farking Arkansas.

Yes all the blue utopias like Detroit, St. Louis and Memphis are thriving.


(Lives in super-blue Denver, looks around) This place has its flaws but overall is freaking awesome.
 
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