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Newspaper Editor Blames the Decline of his Industry on.......Single Moms?


Newspaper Editor Blames Decline of His Industry on Single Moms


Chris Powell, the managing editor of the local Connecticut newspaper the Journal-Inquirer, has an interesting theory as to why nobody wants to buy his newspaper anymore. It’s not the Internet’s fault, Powell wrote in an op-ed in his own newspaper this week. Single moms are to blame:

Even in a supposedly prosperous and well-educated state like Connecticut, how strong can demand for [the news] be now that half the children are being raised without two parents at home and thus acquiring developmental handicaps; 70 percent of community college and state university freshmen have not mastered what used to be considered basic high school skills; poverty has risen steadily even as government appropriations in the name of remediating poverty have risen steadily; and democracy has sunk so much that half the eligible population isn't voting in presidential elections, 65 percent isn't voting in state elections, and 85 percent isn't voting in municipal elections?

He goes on:

Indeed, newspapers still can sell themselves to traditional households—two-parent families involved with their children, schools, churches, sports, civic groups, and such. But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they're living in, and couldn't afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read. And such households constitute a rising share of the population.

Perhaps these illiterate, ignorant, felonious welfare queens aren’t buying Powell’s newspaper because they do not actually exist. Despite Powell’s assertion that a “rising” proportion of single-parent families have killed the newspaper industry, several of the social ills he identifies are not, in fact, escalating. The U.S. illiteracy rate has not budged in 10 years. The U.S. poverty rate did rise during the recession—to about the level it was in 1993. Other claims in Powell’s piece—that single mothers can hardly speak, “barely know what town they’re living in,” and are single-handedly imbuing their children with “developmental handicaps”—are too made up to refute. (If Powell had properly optimized his op-ed for publication on the Internet, perhaps he could have provided links to his sources?)



Wow.. interesting theory.

So what's the deal? Are we supposed to be multiplying, baby making and raising machines or not? Are we allowed abortions if we are not married? Are we supposed to be subservient to males and give them sex if we provoke it with our evil bodies or are we supposed to learn to close our legs?

Please Chris Powell write the answers of these questions in your newspaper so I can have a man read it to me later, or tweet it since that's the only form of literature my small female brain can handle.

by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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romalove
by Roma on Oct. 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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I blame it on the decline in people needing birdcage liners.

quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

And I'm sure his charming attitude has NOTHING to do with newspaper sales.  SMH.

RandRMomma
by Maya on Oct. 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM
Well, at least he didn't blame Obama! ~
celestegood
by Silver Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Yep! And online news is free.

Quoting cjsbmom:

Or....it could be that no one wants to read his newspaper because 1. he's a pompous ass and 2. the paper sucks.


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celestegood
by Silver Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM
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Lol

Quoting RandRMomma:

Well, at least he didn't blame Obama! ~
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momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM
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Future is going to be really mad that you posted this before she got to!  

Did you notice that he also blamed developmental disabilities on working mothers?  (At least it wasn't just single mothers, just women in general who dared to have a job outside the home)

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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ah, good to know that as a nontheist I am also contributing to the decline in the public's thirst for the antiquated convention of daily news printed on low quality paper and physically delivered into the range of lawn sprinklers. 

if only there were some more technologically advanced form of delivery, instantly editable to keep pace with events as they actually occur. . . 

what a dipshit. 

Aestas
by Gold Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 3:43 AM

Wow. What an ass.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 7:14 AM

I cannot believe the author of this piece doesn't think people like this exist.

But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they're living in, and couldn't afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read. And such households constitute a rising share of the population.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 7:17 AM


Quoting LauraKW:

Oh, and more abortions would help with a lot of those numbers, wouldn't they?

How about just using birth control?

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