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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

You Are What You Read

Treppenwitz just did a witty number on missing the New York Times, which seems to be an addiction for some folks, judging by the responses to his post.

Fortuitously timed, my cousin sent me the following today, which about sums up the majority view (outside of New York and the Beltway, which don't really count) of various newspapers. I particularly liked the piece on the SF Chronicle, a 'newspaper' famously lambasted in All The President's Men, where the editor told his staff that a certain article was total garbage, so go sell it to the Chronicle, because "it's not even a real newspaper." Even in the Bay Area, this remark drews howls of laughter.

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country -- if they could find the time -- and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who are running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.

10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

12. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something in which to wrap it.

Anyone care to venture what Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Ma'ariv, Yehidiot Aharonot, et al, readership means here? I have my own theories but, maybe later......I'm not in the mood for a flame war today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hah! Good one.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 4:42:00 PM GMT+3  
Blogger Lady-Light said...

That was outstanding. I would like to use it on my blog--may I? I will attribute it to you and your cousin, of course, and link you.

Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:15:00 PM GMT+3  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

Yes--enjoy! It's not ours, it is just floating through the internet and hence, public domain. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 8:39:00 PM GMT+3  

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