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    I’m Willing To Bet This Will Not Come True

    I’m Willing To Bet This Will Not Come True

    NPR Will Be the Dominant News Force By 2020:

    NPR will be one of the dominant forces in media in ten years because their membership-based funding model is finely tuned to the habits of millennial news consumers. That’s the prophecy of Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and a new media philosopher.

    “Only very recently have I been thinking about the successful news organizations, he said, responding to a question from James Fallows at the Washington Ideas Forum. “I have a feeling that membership models and philanthrophy models will be stronger than advertising-supported models, people will be willing to pay for news they can trust.”

    And trust, he said, “is the new black.”

    I’m willing to bet this will not come true, for the following reasons:

    1. Craigslist is free, which is why it is so popular, and it is not a model for a for-pay NPR.
    2. NPR, like PBS, is irreversibly liberal in an increasingly conservative country.
    3. NPR is not “for pay,” it lives off public funding and donations.
    4. NPR is not trusted.  See Point 2.

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    msspurlock | October 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

    The only people I know who listen to NPR don't work for a living and don't buy anything with their own money.

    So without multiple bailouts, how's that going to work, exactly?

    Maybe there's a chance of this happening – I'm sure they are picking up market share with Al Franken's Air America off the air now. Lets see, gaining 100% of Air America's 0% market share must equal something like 0%.

    Surprised Craig Newmark has time to ponder this kind of thing – I thought he would be much busier trying to do a workaround on those law enforcement complaints about Craigslist facilitating sex for hire.

    That is what I consider a boat-load of WISHFUL – THINKING!
    NPR a dominant force! Please!

    Hey! NPR's not that bad. Just turn your BS Deflector [TM] to 11 and some of the stories are actually pretty interesting.

    When the Main Stream Media learns to have a discussion with the American people and not just talk down to them, then the American public will tune in.

    Until NPR and the rest of the MSM learn this, their viewship and ultimately, their profitability, will decline into oblivion.

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