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Newspaper Editor Blames the Decline of his Industry on.......Single Moms?
October 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM


Newspaper Editor Blames Decline of His Industry on Single Moms


Chris Powell, the managing editor of the local Connecticut newspaper the Journal-Inquirer, has an interesting theory as to why nobody wants to buy his newspaper anymore. It’s not the Internet’s fault, Powell wrote in an op-ed in his own newspaper this week. Single moms are to blame:

Even in a supposedly prosperous and well-educated state like Connecticut, how strong can demand for [the news] be now that half the children are being raised without two parents at home and thus acquiring developmental handicaps; 70 percent of community college and state university freshmen have not mastered what used to be considered basic high school skills; poverty has risen steadily even as government appropriations in the name of remediating poverty have risen steadily; and democracy has sunk so much that half the eligible population isn't voting in presidential elections, 65 percent isn't voting in state elections, and 85 percent isn't voting in municipal elections?

He goes on:

Indeed, newspapers still can sell themselves to traditional households—two-parent families involved with their children, schools, churches, sports, civic groups, and such. But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they're living in, and couldn't afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read. And such households constitute a rising share of the population.

Perhaps these illiterate, ignorant, felonious welfare queens aren’t buying Powell’s newspaper because they do not actually exist. Despite Powell’s assertion that a “rising” proportion of single-parent families have killed the newspaper industry, several of the social ills he identifies are not, in fact, escalating. The U.S. illiteracy rate has not budged in 10 years. The U.S. poverty rate did rise during the recession—to about the level it was in 1993. Other claims in Powell’s piece—that single mothers can hardly speak, “barely know what town they’re living in,” and are single-handedly imbuing their children with “developmental handicaps”—are too made up to refute. (If Powell had properly optimized his op-ed for publication on the Internet, perhaps he could have provided links to his sources?)



Wow.. interesting theory.

So what's the deal? Are we supposed to be multiplying, baby making and raising machines or not? Are we allowed abortions if we are not married? Are we supposed to be subservient to males and give them sex if we provoke it with our evil bodies or are we supposed to learn to close our legs?

Please Chris Powell write the answers of these questions in your newspaper so I can have a man read it to me later, or tweet it since that's the only form of literature my small female brain can handle.

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  • cjsbmom
    by cjsbmom
    October 6, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Or....it could be that no one wants to read his newspaper because 1. he's a pompous ass and 2. the paper sucks.


  • IandLoveandYou
    October 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    That's my theory :)

    Quoting cjsbmom:

    Or....it could be that no one wants to read his newspaper because 1. he's a pompous ass and 2. the paper sucks.



  • cjsbmom
    by cjsbmom
    October 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years. I took a peek at their online paper and can tell you that it's not going to compete with the bigger media outlets or even the TV news for that area. It's just not a quality product from what I can see. 

    Quoting IandLoveandYou:

    That's my theory :)

    Quoting cjsbmom:

    Or....it could be that no one wants to read his newspaper because 1. he's a pompous ass and 2. the paper sucks.




  • .Bubbles.
    October 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM
    The decline in newspaper sales couldn't possibly have to do with increased access to technology. Blaming single mothers makes complete sense.
  • idunno1234
    October 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Single mothers are to blame for everything.

    I'm sure they're to blame for the stink bug invasion I'm dealing with now.

    Or wait....wasn't that Obama?

    Well okay, Obama and single mothers are to blame for all ills in this world, including wars, government shut downs and stink bug invasions.

  • LauraKW
    by LauraKW
    October 6, 2013 at 5:36 PM
    Dumbass.
  • LauraKW
    by LauraKW
    October 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM
    Oh, and more abortions would help with a lot of those numbers, wouldn't they?
  • andiemomo3
    October 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Oh wow. 

  • krysstizzle
    October 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM
    Obama is only to blame because he's a product of a single mother.

    We're evil/ignorant/poor/uneducated/stupid, and are obviously at the root of every single problem this society is encountering.

    Obviously. Stick a husband in the house of every single mom - no matter how horrid, ignorant, or worthles he is - and voila! Perfect society! Im patiently waiting for the next available man to come save poor little ol' me.

    :/


    Quoting idunno1234:

    Single mothers are to blame for everything.


    I'm sure they're to blame for the stink bug invasion I'm dealing with now.


    Or wait....wasn't that Obama?


    Well okay, Obama and single mothers are to blame for all ills in this world, including wars, government shut downs and stink bug invasions.

  • LindaClement
    October 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I've been taking the daily paper since I moved out of the house at 18. Dh didn't start reading it until we'd been married about 4 years...

    I don't even consider it a 'luxury' --it's $20 a month well spent, imo, in terms of entertainment value, learning and handy to have around...

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