Michael Moore's big mouth

That would be the filmmaker Michael Moore, who can't seem to stop blathering about subjects he doesn't seem to know much about. At a news conference in Toronto, he accused American newspapers of “slitting their own throats” and predicted that "one year or two years from now, we are not going to have daily newspapers.” From The Wrap:

Moore said that newspapers, bought up by corporations in the last generation, have pursued profits at the expense of news gathering. By basing their businesses on advertising over circulation, newspaper owners have neglected their true economic base and core constituency, he said.

See what I mean? Psst: Mr. Moore, if newspapers relied on circulation revenue to churn out a profit, well, you would be shelling out a lot more for a daily subscription. And even then it wouldn’t cover the cost of operating a robust newsroom. Or maybe it's all some capitalist conspiracy dreamed up by those dastardly corporations (a few of whom are paying him pretty good money to make films). By the way, Moore thinks enough of newspapers and the marketing game to be promoting his latest release, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

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