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Slate: Newspapers are not assets to be flipped, leveraged, and stripped

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ServeItUp, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    Or, as I like to say, you can't send an MBA pinhead to do a journalist's job. You need a journalist with an understanding of business.

    The nut graf:

    "In other words, the newspaper companies that have failed wholesale were essentially set up to fail by inexperienced managers who believed piling huge amounts of debt on businesses whose revenues were shrinking even when the economy was growing was a shrewd means of value creation. A similar dynamic is playing out in other industries. Several mattress companies have filed for bankruptcy or are near it. It's not simply because sales are down due to the economy or because mattresses, which rely on an inferior technology, are being displaced by futuristic futons. Rather, as the Wall Street Journal reported (subscription required), the companies are going bust because private-equity types loaded them up with absurd levels of debt at the wrong time."

    The full item:

  2. Andy _ Kent

    Andy _ Kent Member

    He had me applauding him all the way up until the bolded part in this passage:

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