Two bad-news newspaper stories were in the New York Times this morning:
"Hearst Threatens to End San Francisco Paper."
"Post to Drop Liz Smith Column."
That would be the New York Post, and guess which story was promoted on the front page of the Times? That's right, the loss of a Post gossip columnist was more important to the gentlemen who run the Times than the possible loss of San Francisco's daily paper and its excellent coverage of Oakland.
Of course, that's predictable, because the only bigger jokes than the Post in the Times' newsroom are San Francisco and, unintentionally funnier, the San Francisco Chronicle. To be fair, there may be little news here. Dog bites man, poops on man's paper. It's been predictable for years that the Chronicle will fold, be sold or lay off half its staff.
Unfortunately, it's been getting rid of half its staff for years, to no avail.
Does anyone mourn the possible loss of a major city's daily newspaper? Will anyone hear the tree fall in the forest? Well, at least trees won't be converted into ink-spotted white space.
At least now we know why the Chronicle is celebrating its 144th anniversary with such pomp. It did seem a curious number.