Murdoch wants Newsday and I’m not LOL!

MurdochRupert Murdoch is eyeing Newsday. Newsday is a decent newspaper. The NY Post used to be a newspaper, too. When I was a little kid, living in NYC, we used to get the NY Times in the morning and my father would bring home the Herald Tribune and the Post in the evening.  The Times was of no interest to me, since it completely lacked a comic page. Both the Times and the Tribune were kind of unweildy for a small person, so the tabloid style Post was the first newspaper I ever read by myself. Along with stories about Nikita Krushchev and his shoe, Sputnik and Liz Taylor’s marriages, I read Earl Wilson’s column every day. I don’t know why, but I picked up more information about the doings at Toots Shor’s than I was really able to use at eight or nine years old. Interesting, though.

By the time I was eleven we’d moved out to Long Island. Everyone read Newsday and one or more NYC papers. The Herald Tribune went under after merging with other papers to the point where the name wouldn’t fit on the masthead.  We still got the Post for a while, but once it went to Murdoch it became a tabloid in the worst sense of the word.
Anyway,  if you wanted to know what was going on on Long Island you had to read Newsday. Still do. New York papers have Long Island sections, but for the real details about the latest local outrages you need your local paper. Unlike New York City, Long Island really doesn’t have a viable fallback position.  We’ll be a two county area the size of a major city with no real newspaper of our own if Murdoch gets his way. And he usually does.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by thatsrightnate on March 23, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I don’t see what your problem with Murdoch is. You know if he gets Newsday he’ll use fair and balanced reporters. Besides, now that we have round the clock cable news, televisions are a bit passe, don’t you think?


  2. Posted by zenyenta on March 23, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Can’t get the details about which school board has made off with all the taxpayers money or the appliance sales from cable news. Especially since our one local channel is owned by Cablevision and if you don’t subscribe you can’t see it or even access the website. Cablevision is another party that’s interested in Newsday. I wonder if we’ll be able to get the paper if we have a different broadband provider.


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