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Think the news industry was struggling already? The dawn of 2024 is offering few good tidings

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By DAVID BAUDER

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To get eyes on their writing, most sites write click bait headlines with articles that would only appeal to one idealogical “tribe”.

i tried reading the Mainichi newspaper.(probably biased, but not outrage inducing) Just a bunch of boring facts-nothing to get me sputtering at the buffoonery of the other side.

if a news site could avoid audience capture And obvious bias, they could become trusted by both sides. Then, become profitable.

However, I don’t see any main stream anglosphere media sites aiming for this goal

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The media has split into 2 camps, the far left and the right with both sides pushing misinformation and disinformation but most people are in the middle and tired of the bull feathers. They are hung by their own mastheads.

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No wonder. Too much idiotic "news" reported in an idiotic way.

Just give up.

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And how about the rest of the world? Perhaps there are places that respect considered, investigative journalism and don't want their news delivered in a dumbed-down soundbite; places where ignorance is not considered a solid virtue.

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Most legacy outlets report more propaganda than actual neutral news. No wonder people are tuning out and turning to independent sources.

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As the article states:

The news business has been in a free fall for the past two decades, starting when much of its advertising moved online to opportunistic tech companies. Advertising is still a huge part of the problem...

In the mid-80s, when I returned to the city of my upbringing from a career in advertising in one of Canada's largest cities, my city's newspaper had almost 100,000 subscribers (hard-copy, delivered). Today, it has just over 30,000. It's demise is directly related to a loss of advertising, especially classified. People started putting their things up for sale on free classified websites (I did, too). 'Personals' went online. Real estate went on line. And traditional newspapers couldn't do a thing about it.

The only thing my city's newspaper can say it still has a claim to is obituaries. Have you ever looked into the cost of one of those for a deceased family member? Rates are rapacious.

I can't see an end to the problem, but I would heartily suggest to all those university journalism professors that they find a different profession.

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These days these outlets tend to peddle little more than lies and propaganda, aligning closely with the interests of their billionaire owners and corporate advertisers. Not to mention that they treat their audience with distain.

It's no surprise that people are switching off. Can't say I feel sorry for them

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Liberals spewing their hate of Trump and anything and anyone right-of-centre is not 'news'.

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