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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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Kate_Momof3
by Silver Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

 Blame patch.com for the decline of the local paper in CT. With all that money and education, most of us have the means to purchase technology that allows us to save trees and read our news online.

This guy is hilariously misinformed. He must be a Rush Limbaugh/Michael Savage/Glenn Beck fan.

Kate_Momof3
by Silver Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

 Oh, and I was a single mom in CT for ten years. During that time I lived in the same house, earned a degree in English at a top notch school and worked in publishing (where dat Ingleesh iz kinda impotant).

Fucktard.

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Our local newspaper is boring :)


Quoting cjsbmom:

I worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years. I took a peek at their online paper and can tell you that it's not going to compete with the bigger media outlets or even the TV news for that area. It's just not a quality product from what I can see. 

Quoting IandLoveandYou:

That's my theory :)

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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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM
Yep I prefer to read ....patch for local news


Quoting Kate_Momof3:

 Blame patch.com for the decline of the local paper in CT. With all that money and education, most of us have the means to purchase technology that allows us to save trees and read our news online.


This guy is hilariously misinformed. He must be a Rush Limbaugh/Michael Savage/Glenn Beck fan.


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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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So is ours. And the big city paper ignores us because we're in the suburbs. It's annoying. 

Quoting annabl1970:

Our local newspaper is boring :)


Quoting cjsbmom:

I worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years. I took a peek at their online paper and can tell you that it's not going to compete with the bigger media outlets or even the TV news for that area. It's just not a quality product from what I can see. 

Quoting IandLoveandYou:

That's my theory :)

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.






Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

 What a tool.

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM
What an asshole.
Mommabearbergh
by on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

ITS THOSE DAMN SINGLE PARENTS FAULT PEOPLE DON'T BUY MY PAPER...or is it because you can read the damn news online for free most of the time.Local and national news can be found on yahoo etc. I mean come on dude. I buy the globe via my phone because I pretty much have it in my hand all the time.Unless I am at the computer.Either way this guy just came off like a real big douche bag.

IandLoveandYou
by Bronze Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Quoting Mommabearbergh:

ITS THOSE DAMN SINGLE PARENTS FAULT PEOPLE DON'T BUY MY PAPER...or is it because you can read the damn news online for free most of the time.Local and national news can be found on yahoo etc. I mean come on dude. I buy the globe via my phone because I pretty much have it in my hand all the time.Unless I am at the computer.Either way this guy just came off like a real big douche bag.

He didn't even try not to sound like an insulting, condescending dick lol.

Ditto.. I have the NY Times on my phone, it even alerts me when big stories are added, and lists them in the drop down thingy so I can go through them later. I love it.

I do like a tangible news paper, but I read it mostly when I go to visit my parents or if I decide to stay at the coffee shop and drink my coffee.

We don't have it delivered to our house though...even though I have a husband who could read it to me ;).

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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How on earth can he blame single mothers, when it is obvious that Obama is to blame?
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