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Several years ago, there was a meme based on Ann Coulter holding up a sign, and I made my own using the Steve Bannon joke (specifically "Will say stupid hateful things for food"). It works even better with her because she's about 70 pounds.

Newspapers may just have to junk print entirely and go entirely to online. I don't what it costs to print, but it must be an enormous expense - it's hundreds of thousands of copies every single day. And people won't pay for online because of basic supply and demand. The supply of "content" is now effectively infinite, and people won't pay for content for the same reason they won't pay for leaves.

Paul Berge

I just learned last night that a single copy of my local Lee Enterprises newspaper costs $4.00. No wonder the paper box down the street hadn't been restocked since Christmas -- who the he11 carries around that many quarters?

Mike Peterson

Newspapers could survive in print if they were local, and they could also survive without print if they were local. The problem is that they aren't and they don't understand their own communities. Even the local management is not local: If a publisher does well, he's moved up. If he does poorly, he's fired. The days when a publisher dug in and really became part of the community are over, and editors aren't far behind them. The lack of responsiveness to local interests and needs is a complete killer, but the stable geniuses at Corporate have theories to explain what's wrong rather than knowledge to just fix it. Sad and shameful, because it's a wasted opportunity to both do well and to matter, and you can't do the former if you can't manage the latter.

Mary McNeil

I understand the concept of schadenfraude - I've been there a few times myself. But Cooper's reaction surprised me - HE is the one who will lose his job - not Stuart.

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