Bill A 
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Re: “UPDATE: Commercial Appeal Changes, 17 Laid Off

I worked for several newspapers in the 1960s, and went to work for WHBQ-TV in 1969. I saw the old Memphis Press Scimitar afternoon paper fold in the 1970s, and the downward spiral of journalism in general in the decades following that. I was one of the unfortunate reporters let go in 1990 when WHBQ was sold to the low-brow Adams Communication Co. They lost over $10 million when they in turn sold the station to Fox; it was poetic justice. The recent layoffs at the CA are just further evidence of the sad state of journalism in America. I'm a native Memphian and treasure the many years I covered events in my old hometown. I'm saddened by the present state of affairs in local journalism, but that is the reality, and I don't ever see things turning around. I think what opportunities still existing in journalism will more likely be found in the small towns and rural communities. But journalism quality overall seems pretty dismal. The national media has become so left-wing biased and mean-spirited, that many viewers and readers have abandoned it. It's a sad state of affairs. I left Memphis many years ago for the Missouri Ozarks, and now retired, I can concentrate on my golf and flyfishing and leave the worries to someone else. Bill Anderson

Posted by Bill A on 04/20/2017 at 8:38 PM
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