The ancient caveat Beware The Ides Of March is going to take on a secondary meaning in history books of the future when the year 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic is discussed. Mid March of this year was when the father of all lies, Donald Trump, finally realized that he couldn’t sweep COVID-19 under the rug anymore and had to come clean — relatively speaking. I know you remember well when Fox News got whiplash from the 180 degree turn it did from mocking the virus as a Deep State conspiracy and reporting zero deaths to saying how they had “always reported the seriousness” of it, when Trump finally declared a national emergency. The reality of coronavirus was conveniently ignored until it couldn’t be any longer. Then, like a huge boulder thrown in a lake, the economic ripples started going out immediately. It has just taken a while for them to reach out this far to PolitiZoom, or as I like to think of us, the Little Political Blog That Could (hence the image above of the Little Engine That Could encountering an obstacle on her journey.) And so the ripples are shaking us up, and we’re taking it in the pocketbook — as are a lot of much bigger and more established sites. So for us to stay afloat, I am forced to do a fundraiser. But before I ask you for money, let me give you a little more background so that you get the big picture in focus and know why we are where we are. And it’s not just us, it’s everybody. Media outlets all over the country are putting stories behind paywalls, increasing subscription rates, or sending donation emails to readers, “Our hair is on fire and the sky is falling.” Well, we’re not quite there yet, but in order to keep us from getting there, I’m asking for this community effort to establish a small slush fund to keep the Little Political Blog That Could chugging down the tracks. This is from the March 18 edition of the Washington Post where they reported that World News Tonight had gotten bigger ratings than The Bachelor or American Idol due to the coronavirus. The program’s rapid ascension to the top of the Nielsen rankings was the most visible sign of the tsunami that has hit the news industry. With millions of people isolated at home and hungry for the latest information about the pandemic, the covid-19 outbreak has sent a surge of viewers and readers to some media organizations. But it is also threatening to drown others outright amid an economic crash. The outbreak has created massive uncertainty about the future, including questions about whether advertisers — some of which are shutting down — will maintain their support in the face of deepening economic peril. The pandemic has already tipped some smaller news outlets into suspending publication or laying off staff, an especially agonizing decision as they struggle to cover a story with implications global and local. “Everyone here is working not for the paycheck but because we give a damn, and that’s why we do the journalism we do,” said Kevin Moran, executive editor of New England Newspapers, which on Tuesday announced a one-week furlough of its entire staff. I put that sentence in red, because that is […]
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