Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tronc Trounces Trump Trollers

In a depressing local development, the Tronc media group has laid off fifty percent of the NY Daily News editorial staff. This is a worrisome development, especially because the Daily News has been on a roll since the election of quintessential New York asshole Donald J. Trump. Remember, we loathed him long before you did. The Daily News has, time and again, taken Trump to the woodshed.

Long considered one of NYC's 'tabloid' newspapers, the 'News' has actually done a better job of holding Trump's feet to the fire than the NY Times. The 'Times' has been an embarrassing farrago of Trump shillery, endless Cletus safaris, and the worst exemplars of bothsiderism and dank rightie hot takes for altogether too long. The 'News' was more in tune with the needs of working and middle class readers... I guess that's why Tronc had to gut it.


Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I’m more outraged at Tronc.

The New York Crank said...

I'm pretty outraged at Tronc, too, but that's what happens when not enough people buy newspapers.

The only potential salvation for *real* newspapers, tabloid or not, are rich hobbyists. The late Dorothy Schiff, of an investment banking family, once owned the Post, when it was decidedly liberal. Mort Zuckerman, a real estate mogul, owned the Daily News. Both eventually sold out, either because they couldn't afford to keep shelling out money, or because they decided that owning a hamster would be a lot more fun. Also, nobody shuns you at the club because you have a hamster, or because they don't like your hamster's political opinions..

Tronc is simply out to make money. I'm not sure how they plant do that, long term, in the newspaper business, since nobody wants to read a newspaper, even online, that has no news. Maybe the Daily News will become the Daily Clickbait. Frankly, I'm happy to be an old man. The prospect of facing twenty years of the world's Troncs would make me puke.

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

Anonymous said...

As to people not purchasing the Daily News as a cause for Tronc's moronic decisions, it is one of the newspapers that sells out fast in Maine, for example. JR

mikey said...

Last time I looked, the NY Times was a business. If 30-40% of the population are Trump fans, do you really think a business should intentionally refuse to serve a constituency that large?

Of COURSE the Times runs both pro-Trump and anti-Trump pieces. Ultimately, their job is to get money from as many people as possible. It's one of the reasons I wrote the piece on my blog. Both Newspapers and TeeVee news are inherently unreliable sources of information. Instead of complaining about them, why not simple not utilize them?