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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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by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM


I only subscribe to the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News.  I do this mainly for the coupons and the grocery store ads.  I could get the ads online, but the sites for the stores I shop at only allow me to see half of the circular. I use the store ads to make my grocery lists.  My kids also like the Sunday comics, and my husband reads the sports page.  I don't usually follow the news much during the week so reading the Sunday paper lets me catch up on what I missed during the week. 

Quoting deadlights86:

We used to get the paper every day. The only person who read it was my 8 yo he read the funny pages. Its so much easier and cheaper to get the news online.


by on Oct. 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM


Quoting jllcali:

He may have a point. If a household is headed by a single parent, there is no husband to sit behind the newspaper and ignore his family, therefore there is no need to buy a newspaper when the information can be found online

 LOL !

by Bronze Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM
Wow the arguments never change. Single mothers, absent fathers, a persons location, how thy dress and their culture are still blamed for things such a poverty, lack of education and crime. Now add the drop in sales of a crappy state news paper. People can be so typical.
by Emerald Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I read that, and it looks like he was raised by his grandparents while his mom went to abroad.

Quoting lga1965:


A young boy (preteen), a younger girl (toddler), a woman (about age thirty) and a man (in his mid-fifties) sit on a lawn wearing contemporary c.-1970 attire. The adults wear sunglasses and the boy wears sandals.

Obama with his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, mother Ann Dunham and grandfather Stanley Dunham, in Honolulu, Hawaii

In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, and with the aid of a scholarship attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory school, from fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979.[17] Obama lived with his mother and sister in Hawaii for three years from 1972 to 1975 while his mother was a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Hawaii.[18] Obama chose to stay in Hawaii with his grandparents for high school at Punahou when his mother and sister returned to Indonesia in 1975 to begin anthropology field work.[19] His mother spent most of the next two decades in Indonesia, divorcing Lolo in 1980 and earning a PhD in 1992, before dying in 1995 in Hawaii following treatment for ovarian cancer and uterine cancer.[20]


Here is an explanation of where Obama lived and why..... and it doesn't appear that his grandparents always raised him. He also lived with his Mother and sister  for years,too.

Quoting billsfan1104:

Just off subject, Obama wasn't raised by a "single" mom. Obama's grandparents raised him. So technically he was raised in a two parent household.

Quoting krysstizzle:

Obama is only to blame because he's a product of a single mother.

We're evil/ignorant/poor/uneducated/stupid, and are obviously at the root of every single problem this society is encountering.

Obviously. Stick a husband in the house of every single mom - no matter how horrid, ignorant, or worthles he is - and voila! Perfect society! Im patiently waiting for the next available man to come save poor little ol' me.


Quoting idunno1234:

Single mothers are to blame for everything.

I'm sure they're to blame for the stink bug invasion I'm dealing with now.

Or wait....wasn't that Obama?

Well okay, Obama and single mothers are to blame for all ills in this world, including wars, government shut downs and stink bug invasions.


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