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February 20, 2009

Overnight Open Thread: Antiques Roadshow/The Ink of Indifference (genghis)

”Free to a good home: One Seattle P-I street newspaper box in nearly mint condition. Hardly ever used. Please give this poor little guy a new lease on life.” (more about this below)

(Ace has been documenting the impending demise of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as it continues its slow circling around the drain, preparing to exit this world as it passes on to newspaper Valhalla. I’m not sure what date his posts were on, but if I can find them I’ll tack them on for reference later.)

Here’s an update though, straight from the horse’s mouth: “Union Explores P-I Buyout Idea.”

”The union representing most Seattle P-I workers is scheduled to meet next week to discuss an employee buyout of the newspaper.”

“The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild is "trying to figure out if enough P-I employees are interested in a buyout that it would be worthwhile for us to bring out a consultant and to seek state money for a feasibility study," Guild Administrative Officer Liz Brown said.”

“The Hearst Corp. put the newspaper up for sale Jan. 9 and said it would quit printing the paper in 60 days, (faster please, -ed) perhaps maintaining an online-only P-I.”

“"If people are resigned to let the old girl die, then it isn't worth it," Brown said. "Some might even get angry at the idea, because they don't want their hopes raised."”

Of course there’s no possibility there might be a conflict of interest regarding a state government subsidizing a newspaper’s efforts to stay afloat, right? Meanwhile, a listener to a local radio talk show sent the host a very sad e-mail and photograph regarding the little red newspaper box that couldn’t. An excerpt:

””When I saw it from half-way across the misty and stinking shelter of the transfer station, I was frozen in a flight-or-fight moment, I could not act. I was mournful and ecstatic at the same time.””

”Please, won’t you help? For only 50 cents a day you could sponsor this adorable oracle of wisdom and truth.”

This may only seem like a local story, from a far-off backwater most of you have never heard of, but this could quickly become pandemic, spreading like wildfire across the street corners of America. Where then will you turn for editorials and,…ummm…coupon circulars? If you let that happen, then you will have the blood ink of indifference on your hands.

(h/t to the Dori Monson Show)

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