Friday, September 15, 2006

Wanna Buy A Cheap, Soggy Old Newspaper?

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is covering developments regarding the impending sale of its long-in-the-tooth rival, the Pittsburgh Moist-Towelette (or Post-Gazette, for those of you who feel that the rag is worthy of respect). How soon would such a transaction take place?

Owners of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette threatened Thursday to sell the newspaper if new contracts aren't reached with the paper's 14 unions by Dec. 31.

"The Post-Gazette's financial condition reflects, more than any other factor, the failure of current labor contracts to address the issues of rapidly rising costs and declining revenue," Post-Gazette President David Beihoff said in a statement. The company said it has lost $23 million since 2003, including $12 million so far this year.

Well, pardon me if I don't shed a tear. I have a lot of respect for what the PG once was, but in the early years of the 21st century it has become a sounding board for the most insipid left-wing commentary that you'll find outside of places like coastal California.

I haven't paid real money for a print copy of the Moist-Towelette in years, and I see no reason to part with fifty cents for one now, or in the forseeable future. I've grown tired, bored, weary and pissed off about things like:

  • Recycled editorials that seem to say the same thing over and over again (Iraq is a disaster! Everything is Bush's fault!) without any clear purpose.
  • Smug, self-righteous arsehole columnists who inexplicably get paid for their crap when most bloggers could write a better piece (in particular, this guy, this guy, and more than ever this guy).
  • Democentric reporting and editorializing that makes you wonder how anyone to the left of Hillary Clinton could take this paper seriously. If this paper really reflects the values and opinions of Pittsburgh, it's no wonder the city has been turning to shit over the last few years.
  • Lots of other things, if I had the time.

As much as the PG might wish otherwise, Pittsburgh is not a one-newspaper town. At least we still have the Trib for local coverage. The PG continues to call itself the oldest paper west of the Alleghenies. Sadly, the Pittsburgh Gazette was overwhelmed in the merger morass years ago.

1 comment:

jipzeecab said...

It just breaks my heart when I hear that the socialist owners from Toledo of this newspaper can't make money because of their labor costs.
"Air America" has been bankrupt (both in ideas and financially) since day one but they're just getting around to making it official.