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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 11:30 AM

These local newspapers say Facebook and Google are killing them. Now they're fighting back.

Washington Post
By Margaret Sullivan
Media columnist
Feb. 4, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EST


Lurking behind a groundbreaking lawsuit recently filed in federal court in West Virginia is a haunting question: What if?

What if local newspapers had been able to compete successfully for digital advertising revenue as their readers moved online? What if the powerful “duopoly” of Google and Facebook hadn’t sucked up all the oxygen in this new digital economy, essentially asphyxiating traditional media by depriving it of the ad dollars needed to survive?

Would the newspaper industry be healthier — and therefore would our democracy be healthier? Is there still time for an industry to get up off its death bed?

The people behind this antitrust lawsuit hope to find out. Although there is no dollar figure identified in the complaint, West Virginia attorney Paul Farrell, who filed it, thinks the numbers could be astronomical: The two behemoth companies have pocketed billions of dollars in ad revenue — more than half of all the digital advertising dollars in 2019, for example — while newspapers have been struggling to replace the print-ad dollars that once sustained them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/west-virginia-google-facebook-newspaper-lawsuit/2021/02/03/797631dc-657d-11eb-8468-21bc48f07fe5_story.html

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Wicked Blue Feb 2021 OP
murielm99 Feb 2021 #1
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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 02:00 PM

1. Local newspapers have ceased being local.

They have been bought up by larger groups, and often do not reflect the ethos of the communities they serve.

They have become increasingly conservative. Often, editorials are written by the owners and not the local journalists.

I would like to see my views reflected in our local papers.

I still subscribe to some local newspapers, because I do need to know about the activities in my community and my area.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 03:43 PM

3. This is a longstanding lament by the Post media columnist

The irony is that when Bezos bought the Washington Post some years ago, the sale included a chain of excellent local newspapers in Maryland, the Gazette newspapers.

Guess what Bezos did.

He killed all the Gazette papers.

The Post barely covers Maryland, usually only when several dead bodies are involved.

We have almost no local news except for occasional bits on Patch.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Feb 4, 2021, 03:37 PM

2. We absolutely need real local news coverage and reporting.

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