Wait, Is The Newspaper Business Thriving Or Falling Apart?
from the depends-on-who-you-talk-to-apparently dept
It would appear that the folks in the newspaper business don’t quite have their talking points set. Yesterday, we showed the letter from the Newspaper Association of America all about how the newspaper business was supposedly thriving despite what you may have heard. But clearly, not everyone in the industry agrees. A whole bunch of folks have sent in the Ars Technica article about the AP’s supposed plans to go after sites that copy their articles, but we’d avoided posting it — because there really weren’t many new details beyond what they’d said before. However, reader Mark pointed to a rather interesting (and surprisingly honest) quote from the AP about why it wants to crack down on sites reposting some of its content:
“We need the money. The industry is falling apart.”
So, on the same day, the NAA claims that the newspaper industry is thriving and profitable… and the AP insists its running out of money and the industry is collapsing. It would be great if, I dunno, one of these reporters could maybe dig into the actual numbers to figure out what’s actually happening. Or is that not what the press does?