Wednesday, February 22, 2012

And the 100,000th Gannett Blog comment is...

"Would that be the Murdoch whose products actually sell, unlike our products?"

 -- Anonymous (who else?!), who posted that just seconds ago, at 3:04 ET, in response to criticism of press baron Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal. That comment is the 100,000th posted here since I first began publishing Gannett Blog on Sept. 11, 2007.


  1. I don't agree that selling should be any focus. Sham snake oil, the sell being the point at the direct expense of actual participation in a democracy.

    Not ever, empowering information, some viable contest selling itself, ever.

    Murdoch sells. His properties profit. They profit him and his ilk and rob the masses of self-respect, even adult curiosity.

    But the media model today is not interested in conveying facts but rather a particular corporation's agenda.

    Corporations are by definition not reliant upon a single human value; they are justified by profit, all else utterly irrelevant.

    Literally. All else.

  2. Damn! I was 99,998!!! There goes my commemorative Gannett Blog t-shirt.

    As for the above post . . . sorry you're so cynical about business, and success. What media DO you admire? The Times? NPR? HuffPo? Hate to tell you, they ALL pull in a ton of money.

    Capitalism built this country, and helped create this blog and the device you view it on. I think it fitting that Alexander hamilton founded the Post, and Murdoch maintains it at a severe cost to himself and his company. Wonder if the sainted Citizen Buffett will stick by his new toy in Omaha if it loses ten or twenty or fifty million a year.


Jim says: "Proceed with caution; this is a free-for-all comment zone. I try to correct or clarify incorrect information. But I can't catch everything. Please keep your posts focused on Gannett and media-related subjects. Note that I occasionally review comments in advance, to reject inappropriate ones. And I ignore hostile posters, and recommend you do, too."

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