Irony

That bastion of left-wing causes, The New York Times, is threatening unions at the Time’s Boston Globe paper. Unless the unions make major concessions, the Globe will be shut down in 30 days.

The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut The Boston Globe unless the newspaper’s unions swiftly agree to $20 million in concessions, union leaders said yesterday.

Executives from the Times Co. and Globe made the demands Thursday morning in an approximately 90-minute meeting with leaders of the newspaper’s 13 unions, union officials said. The possible concessions include pay cuts, the end of pension contributions by the company, and the elimination of lifetime job guarantees now enjoyed by some veteran employees, said Daniel Totten, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, the Globe’s biggest union, which represents more than 700 editorial, advertising, and business office employees.

The concessions will be negotiated individually with each of the unions, said Totten and Ralph Giallanella, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 259, which represents about 200 drivers who deliver the newspaper.

“We all know the newspaper industry is going through great transition and loss,”‘ said Giallanella. “The ad revenues have fallen off the cliff. Just based on everything that’s going on around the country, they’re serious.”

I’m sure they are.

I have pointed out in the past that cutting oneself off from 50% of one’s potential market is not a really good idea. (That particular link was about entertainment, specifically, but the same reasoning holds for all media).

That should be a clue for the rapidly failing newspapers in this country. But I’m afraid it is too difficult for them to actually pick up on. So, I’ll spell it out:

Try reporting the news in as objective a way as possible. Instead of catering only to the left, try being even-handed.

I have no wish for the newspapers to die; I realize that they still have value and are a source for the commentary I write. But I have no desire to only have papers driven solely by left-wing partisanship, either.

I’m in that 50% who most newspapers have cut off with their blatant bias toward the left – and virulent antipathy toward the right.

Stop the leftist slant in the reporting, stop the editorializing masking as reporting and play it straight. You might be able to win back enough readers to actually survive.

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