Consider that only half of households have internet in the U.S. and that those not having it tend to be older households. Those without the net still dropped newspapers despite them being of groups that normally would want to read newspapers..As has been noted by many over the last twenty years, “it’s the content, stupid” when it comes to the decline of most newspapers. .When the telecom act of 1996 was passed, there was a wholesale buying up of newspapers. Most ended up being taken over and in short order each was saying what the others did. .Not surprisingly, since the content became much like that of pre-1991 Pravda/Itar-Tass/Izvestia/etc., circulation dropped like a rock for most papers. Those that liked such content could get it on CBS/NBC/ABC/CNN for free, so there was no point in paying for it. That is why the LA Times has been bankrupt, NYT bankrupt twice, circulations have dropped, several papers no longer exist or are online only. .In several parts of the nation, other newspapers got started and quickly rivaled the socialist papers in circulation. Some surpassed them, such as the washington times, vs. the venerable, but ruined washington post. .It really shouldn’t surprise that newspaper subscriptions crashed when they went socialist. The older generations fought against socialism in western Europe in 1941-1945, Korea in 1950-53, Vietnam, and the Cold War. Most of them have no interest in reading the same ideology.
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