Thursday, April 23, 2009
Obama's budget cuts hit newspaper subscriptions
President Obama has shown a trend of not calling on newspaper reporters during his press conferences, inferring the industry's lessening impact on public opinion and in American households.
Now he's hitting the industry where it really hurts, reports AP.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is dropping some newspaper and magazine subscriptions to save money.
The agency has told its employees to cancel subscriptions to general interest newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post and to magazines such as Newsweek and Time by April 27.
Future subscriptions will have to be authorized in advance. The department says employees will still have access to news because most publications can be found online on an in-house Web site.
Limited subscriptions to those that aren't online will be kept in a public area and shared, cutting mail screening and delivery costs.
Spokeswoman Sara Kuban said the agency is expecting the moves to save money but does not know how much.