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The Sensible and the Insane
Two ends of the spectrum in today's New York Times:

First, here's what strikes me as a smart proposal to reincorporate newspapers as nonprofits. Strong news reporting is a public good. Stories aren't going to report themselves, and web ads can't cover the cost of keeping bureaus around the world and digging up the tough news here at home. I used to subscribe to Times Select and I'd still be happy to pay a little to read a lot of the stories out there. But so many readers have gotten used to the idea of reading news for free that I don't think there's any stuffing the genie back into the bottle. Nonprofit newspapers sound like a good alternative to all-Brangelina-and-açaí-all-the-time. And maybe a nonprofit NYT would feel free to lay off the sycophantic stories about multimillion-dollar living-room makeovers and travel stories about the mud baths of Papua New Guinea.

And then... I wish I'd never seen this. I think it's safe to say we can, uh, stick a fork in the bacon trend now.


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mrwhipee From: mrwhipee Date: January 28th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh good lord... My arteries just clogged a little even looking at that thing.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: January 28th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Scary, isn't it? I could see eating a thin slice, but I'd imagine a little would go a long way.
miketroll From: miketroll Date: January 28th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've e-mailed my friends in Kansas City demanding an explanation for this outrage (also admitting that I would probably eat it!)

florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: January 28th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would eat a thin slice of the venison version. I don't see how this is any worse than pâté de foie gras.
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: January 28th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, hon. You have no idea. See, the lighting of charcoal and wood chips and the roasting of meat over said materials doesn't just lead to tasty eating. No, it's perfect for competition and gadget-mongering, the stuff of weekends away, TV shows and entire lifestyles, really.
revolution_grrl From: revolution_grrl Date: January 28th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a smart proposal. Where do we go to vote??

Oh good lord, that bacon thing... My stomach hurts thinking about it. The thing is, I can't even imagine it tasting all that good, to say nothing of how unhealthful it would be!
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: January 28th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it would be pretty tasty, in small portions, except for the barbecue sauce.
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: January 28th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
The barbecue sauce kind of pushes it over the edge for me.
wyldanthem From: wyldanthem Date: January 28th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Going nonprofit certainly has worked for NPR (they have a mix of advertising and donations, right?). But I think the Poynter Institute's model with the St. Petersburg Times would work better for most newspapers. If the paper itself is a 501(c)(3), it's subject to editorial restrictions, but if the paper is *owned* by a 501(c)(3), those restrictions don't apply.

From what I understand, Poynter, a journalism education foundation, owns controling stock of the St. Pete Times. Poynter enjoys the tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, but the St. Pete Times, which it funds, remains a for-profit newspaper. As such, the St. Pete Times is still able to offer editorials about legislation and endorse candidates (civic functions that wouldn't be allowed if it were tax-exempt), with Poynter receiving dividends from its stock.

I've been reading too much bad stuff about newspapers lately, particularly about the NYT and Chicago Trib., so thanks for linking an article that offers more than just doom-and-gloom. :) But the bacon-pork thing? That's a whole other story!
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