Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Success of Gannett's new move in Detroit will bring demise to its newspapers in Nashville, nation

While Detroit's automakers are about to make out like bandits at the bailout backdoor to the West Wing of the White House, its newspapers will announce plans today to act as paupers and only deliver a product to homes three days week.

The shocking success of this move will show readers that a newspaper in general no longer is a daily necessity as watchdog over government, or there to tell you the location of road construction that day in your commute. And the financial benefit from this cowardice will soon be demanded at other Gannett Co., Inc. newspapers, such as the one in Nashville.

And that means more people lose their jobs. Talk has the next round of layoffs in February 2009.

"It's 10 o'clock, do you know where your Tennessean is? Do you care, particularly in a down economy?

You won't -- after the Detroit newspapers show the profit makers of our industry led by Gannett that doing less for readers and their communities while demanding even more profits serves its stock price first and well.

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