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Philly Newspapers File For Chapter 11

By Wyatt Earp | February 23, 2009

<i>Local gal Maria Bello probably doesn't care, either.</i>

Local gal Maria Bello probably doesn't care, either.

Oh, that’s a shame.

The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News has filed for bankruptcy.

Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday.

PNI is owned by Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC. It is the second newspaper company in two days, and fourth in recent months, to seek bankruptcy protection. The Journal Register Co. filed for Chapter 11 on Saturday. The Chicago-based Tribune Co. sought bankruptcy protection in December, and The Star Tribune of Minneapolis followed suit last month.

Doesn’t that tell you something? Newspapers are going the way of the dinosaur, and a lot of that has to do with the writing slant at the outlets.

A phone message left for a Philadelphia Media Holdings spokesman was not immediately returned. (H/T - CBS3)

That’s because they can’t afford to pay their phone bills. Heh. If it appears that I am gleefully taking in this news, I’m sorry, but I will not apologize. You can count the honest, hard-working writers at both papers on one hand. If they spent more time practicing their craft instead of writing to suit their liberal agenda, they would probably still be making money.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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20 Responses to “Philly Newspapers File For Chapter 11”

  1. steveegg Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 7:54 am

    It’s only a folding if it’s a Chapter 7. They’re in 11.

    Of course, Circuit City collapsed shortly after going into 11.

  2. Randal Graves Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Be careful what you wish for. While you may dislike the opinions of the newspaper, that’s a hell of a lot of jobs to be lost in the city…..and higher unemployment = higher crime rate.

    You’ll have hundreds, if not thousands, of regular people (truck drivers, press operators) out of a job and these guys have absolutely nothing to do with what is written in the paper.

  3. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Remember Fatimah Ali’s Daily News column on the election where she wrote:

    “If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war.”

    I’m not quite sure if the editors thought that they’d sell a lot of papers because of the controversy or if they are truly a bunch of idiots, but anyway- here’s hoping Fatimah’s next job requires her to say, “Do you want fries with that?”

  4. joemama Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Poor Jill Porter will have to find somewhere else to write her anti-gun trash. Boo Hoo!

  5. AJ Lynch Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Jill Porter. She has been the prototypical liberal whiner for about 40 years.

    Whe you look at her Wyatt, you are looking at how Randall will look and think in 30 years if he was a woman. Heh.

  6. AJ Lynch Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:16 am


    I hate to see anyone lose their jobs but the Inquirer idiotorial staff and their writers have kissed the butts of liberal positions for years. They have gone out of their way to piss off half of their readers! They are arrogant and thought the laws of supply and demand did not apply to “journalists”.

    Can you imagine a restaurant that f-ed up the food orders for half their paying customers? How long would they stay in business?

  7. Doghouse Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:48 am

    There are a lot of people behind the ones you are blasting, and they have no say in the words that are printed. They’re just trying to feed their families.

  8. Doghouse Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Oh, and AJ, about that restaurant … that’s about the batting average for many of the fast-food places, and they’re still rolling in the money.

  9. Crankipants Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Holy Joe! Now what will my parakeet crap on?

  10. Randal Graves Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 11:32 am

    “prototypical …. whiner ”

    Hello pot, this is kettle.

  11. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Don’t worry Crankipants, there’s always Citypaper.

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Steveegg - And that really pissed me off, unlike the Philly papers, I actually liked Circuit City.

    Randal - I feel badly for the others who may suffer because of this, but I feel not one ounce of pity for the writers or the management. If they just reported the news instead of commented on it, they would still be in the black.

    As far as the higher crime rate? Job security, my man!

    Mrs. Crankipants - That would be fantastic. She has ripped the PPD countless times in the past, usually without cause. Racist piece of crap.

    Joemama - Yeah, the scumbag who has the pulse from the city . . . but lives in the suburbs. She should get painful ass cancer.

    AJ - Stay classy, man! Stay classy.

    Doghouse - I don’t take joy in their plight, but if you read some of the crap that these people have been printing for the last 20 years, you’d smile a little about the writers’ and management’s positions now, too.

    Crankipants - The New York Times?

    Randal - Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

  13. joemama Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    There are a lot of people behind the ones you are blasting, and they have no say in the words that are printed. They’re just trying to feed their families.

    Well they ought to take their grievances up with editors, something they could have done a long time ago. When the writings on the wall, you either speak up and try to change things, or shut up and accept your fate.

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Joemama - The editors/management don’t give a rat’s ass about what the truck drivers, press operators have to say. It would be like me going to the police commissioner and telling him what I think we’re doing wrong. He would throw me out the window.

  15. joemama Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    If nobody’s delivering papers, then they’re sorta screwed. Course it wouldn’t be that different from the status quo.

  16. Lergnom Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Newspapers used to be staffed by people who came from the same background as their readers, lived pretty much in the same areas and learned their craft at the equivalent of farm teams, like the Pottstown Mercury.
    Now it’s all j-school grads from liberal northeastern universities who live outside of town and don’t come into the city much beyond doing the job.
    Out of touch with the readership? Check.
    Out of luck? Check

  17. rightwingprof Says:
    February 24th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, so why isn’t the Pittsburgh Trib-Review ready to go under, do you suppose?

  18. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 24th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Joemama - No, probably not.

    Lergnom - Out of time? Check. No one on the Daily News editorial staff actually lives in the city, but they feel an obligation to tell us how we should run it. Amazing.

    Prof - Hmm, that’s a pickle . . . Heh.

  19. Jim Says:
    February 24th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I never understood why Brian Tierney: (a) paid so much for the Stinky to begin with, and (b) promised not to touch the editorial opinions or news decisions. If I bought a paper — especially one that I paid half a frakkin’ billion dollars for — I’d sure as heck want to use the editorial page as a bully pulpit for my views. Plus, I’d tell the editors to start turning reporters loose on stories that most folks are interested in — crime and what causes it, the crappy school system and why it’s so crappy, why our courts and prisons are just revolving doors, etc. Plus, it would be nice if the papers occasionally wrote about what actually is going on in the Northeast and other neighborhoods in the city, not to mention the suburbs, which get ignored. I think he made those promises to curry favor with the namby-pambies in the Newspaper Guild. How’d that work out, Brian?

    That being said, if the paper completely folds, that’s not good for anybody. Imagine how Nutter and the whackadoodles on Council will act with nobody keeping an eye on them.

  20. bob (either orr) Says:
    February 25th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Jim is dead on with his comment. WTF was Tierney thinking when he gave the leftards full reign? Especially since he leans more than a little to the right.
    OK, the Stinky did add Kevin Ferris, who’s pretty good, and Jonathan Storm, who does all right. [Notice no mention of RINO Smerconish]. But you get people like Polman, who is an unpaid PR flack for the DPUSA, getting page-one space for his anti-conservative views. I’m convinced that most of these folks don’t have the cell power to understand conservative principles, never mind convey them to readers.
    But the DN’s only approach to conservatism is Christine Flowers, who’s been moving more and more right through the years. She’s more than offset by the Porters, Towarnickys, Alis, Baers, etc., though. [Credit where due: Byko's a lib, but he's pro-cop and that's a plus.]
    And the editorial boards make socialist positions look conservative… at both papers.
    Tierney should turn one paper into a bastion of conservative thought and let the other one be liberal. I bet he’d be surprised at how well the conservative paper would do. That works for the Lancaster papers — the Unintelligencer is lib, the New Error conservative [and an afternoon paper to boot!]. Both are surviving pretty nicely.