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Tapper v. Hewitt, Part 4

Sunday, July 15, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

K.T. Cat is very hard on Mr. Tapper.  And I’ve had a few e-mails denouncing ABCNews for editing or deleting comments at Jake’s post concerning his interview of me.  At Townhall we delete comments and ban commentators for extreme behavior or vile comments, but not for vigorous denunication of yours truly or any of the folks we applaud or respect.

In his appearance on my show Friday (transcript of that and the podcast here), Jake asserted that “my interpretation is that we got bogged down in a couple of things that I thought were a complete waste of time,” a position he also took in the podcast.  Our spirited discussion has generated quite a lot of comment and notice, which means either that Jake’s news judgment was off on this issue, or that he didn’t want to understand that my views on the MSM are widely and deeply held in the public at large.  I suspect the latter, which is why MSM is in a near continual state of amazement at its declining audience.  The Beltway-Manahattan media elite least self-aware industry sector in America  –like GM execs in the early ’70s wondering why no one liked the Chevy Vega.

Meanwhile, the West Coast outpost of the MSM, the Lost Angeles Times, previewed its latest results Friday:


The Los Angeles Times’ cash flow fell 27 percent in the second quarter as advertising continued to decline, the newspaper’s publisher said in a memo to employees today.

The result was “one of the worst quarters we have ever experienced,” Publisher David Hiller said. Sales slid 10 percent, led by a drop in advertising pages that overwhelmed gains in Internet advertising and ad supplements, he wrote.

Smash-up after smash-up, but the MSMers tell themselves again and again it has nothing to do with their relentless agenda journalism and the resulting contempt felt by at least 40% of their potential customers.

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