Another One To Bite The Dust?
The venerable WSJ (Wall Street Journal) suffered a 10% slide in ad revenues for the tech, financial, general and classified sections. I can’t see a paper this big going under, as long as they leverage their web presence. In similar news, E.W. Scripps company is not getting out of newspapers but may sell some properties. If you’re interested in what the future of American papers might be, read CJR’s very long The Race [via], which suggests that the mid-sized dailies are at risk.
Red Herring Doomed?
Red Herring, an excellent magazine that covers a variety of technologies, is on Valleywag’s Deathwatch. A million dollar funding deal didn’t materialize, and paychecks apparently were late. Now consider their website. They get referenced a lot from other sites, have a Google pagerank of 8 (bloody rare), and an Alexa rank of 10,178. And yet, there are only about two ads on the home page. Surely they ccould monetize their website a whole number of ways including text links, Google AdSense (or better yet for their likely traffic, Azoogle), direct ads, etc. They may still have to cut some staff, but such a great magazine shouldn’t have to die, only transition completely to the Internet.
Ann Coulter’s Column Syndication Shrinks
Ann Coulter, the diehard right winger with a hate on for “godless liberals” – as she calls them – called former Senator John Edwards “a faggot” during a speech she gave recently. The resulting boycott of advertisers who are in the various newspapers carrying her column has lost her several publications. (She’s previously suggested similar things about Clinton and Gore.)
Does she have a blog? She can spread her hate there. In fact, she’s already doing so, with her website suggesting that Edwards’ campaign manager is fronting for Arab terrorists. Republicans would do very well to distance themselves from this incredibly hateful, immature person. I wonder who pays her to be such a bonehead. Of course, this kind of retaliation isn’t much better.
Don’t know if Edwards was in a sucky mood, but he later refused to participate in FOX News presidential candidates’ debate, saying there were scheduling conflicts – but possibly due to a suggestion by DailyKos.com blogger Markos Moulitsas. Maybe he just needs his own Internet TV channel a la Senator Barack Obama.