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Newspaper That Carries O'Reilly's Column Says No Spinster Way Off Base

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Every time Bill O’Reilly uses the closing of newspapers as a rationale for liberalism as a loss revenue agent I wonder why he never uses the same generalization for the closing of any other business.

"The Folks just aren’t buying from Circuit City anymore because of their pinhead liberal marketing tactics."

And it would just make as much sense.

This past week the home of my former weekly paycheck, The Los Angeles Daily News, offered an editorial by its oped editor, Mariel Garza explaining the rationale for the demise of newspaper sales. Keep in mind, this is a paper that ran my column for three years on the same Sunday opinion page as Bill’s.  Last year they concluded that the economic downturn led them to downsize their four-page Sunday opinion section to one and with it went my column. While I wrote mostly tongue-in-cheek, no one will ever claim me to be anything but liberal...though Bill has called me "crazy," which is a bit like the pride of being on Nixon’s enemy list. Keep in mind the Daily News, the more conservative of the city’s two major dailies, kept Bill’s as well as Doug McIntyre’s column - Doug being a LA talk show host who was a regular fill-in host on O'Reilly's Radio Factor. So goes the Daily News being a liberal paper. Yet, the Daily News is suffering.

And here’s a secret: It has little to do with its politics. So says Garza.

"Sure, there's always

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going to be people who stop reading a newspaper because they don't agree with the editorial position, but they're a small percentage of readership.  The financial troubles of newspapers must seem like divine justice after having to watch the nation's Fourth Estate fawn over Obama and make fun of John McCain's every move. Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly could barely contain his glee over the news last month that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer would stop printing and go online-only. He declared that newspapers were finally getting their comeuppance for being so liberal. It's a good sound bite, and conservative pundits have milked it quite thoroughly. It's just not true."


Award-winning TV writer Steve Young is author of  "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful...Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and Other Steppingstones to Success" ( and blogs at the appropriately named

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