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Newspapers Flip Lower Class Readers, Democracy The Bird

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The NYT reports this morning that newspapers have grown tired of shelling out stockholders’ hard- … well, earned cash to try to lure non-wealthy readership. Instead, papers are focusing on gaining and retaining a smaller, “better” circulation.

Buried deep in the piece is the fact that the LAT leads the nation in declining readership (and they said this town isn’t a news leader). But what’s missing from the piece is any talk about what effect this business strategy will have on democracy.

Sure, newspapers make mistakes. But we’d much rather have the hoi polloi (as well as they hoity-toity) get their news from this than this.

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