There's something oddly funny about the cluelessness of liberal media companies when their ratings fall or their subscriptions collapse. They just refuse to admit, even consider that the business problem could be (at least in part) their own incessant liberal agitating. Instead, they seem to double down and make things even worse.
ABC's Sunday show "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" could never beat NBC, so what did the ABC brain trust do? They promoted the Bill Clinton spin artist to an everyday anchor job on "Good Morning America." Then they doubled down and replaced him with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who is married to another Bill Clinton spin artist, Jamie Rubin. Can it get more insular?
Here's another case in point: Newsweek's subscriptions collapsed a couple of years back. How could it not be (at least in part) the umpteen Obama-worshipping cover stories that caused some subscribers to cancel? Then they really abandoned the "News" half of their title and wrote cover stories like "We're All Socialists Now" and "Is Your Baby Racist?"
Newsweek was put on the market, and the market has spoken: a $1 sale.
Washington Post Company chieftain Donald Graham wasn't going to let the unwashed "rabble" of journalism win this Cracker Jack prize. So he turned away the conservatives at Newsmax magazine, as well as the publishers of the National Enquirer and TV Guide. "In seeking a buyer for Newsweek, we wanted someone who feels as strongly as we do about the importance of quality journalism," Graham said in a statement. That means nobody broke up into laughter in front of him over whether the notion of "quality journalism" is demonstrated by racist-baby exclusives.
Of course, the Washington Post wasn't going to take that dollar (and unload its obligations) with some conniving Murdoch. They obviously wanted another liberal elitist to take the reins, and so they accepted the bid of Sidney Harman, the husband of Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif. This passed with flying colors for radicals like Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, who hailed him on Twitter as a "decent & longtime liberal."
Twitter also contained lots of mockery. Jim Geraghty of National Review joked: "Sidney Harman bought Newsweek, the institution, for $4.95 less than the cost of Newsweek, the print edition." And: "Newsweek's cover story next week is 'MERCIFUL ATHENA: How Jane Harman balances toughness and tenderness in a dangerous world.'"
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