Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Michael Moore: Newspapers 'Slit Their Own Throats'

The Wrap News

By Sharon Waxman

It's not the Internet that has killed newspapers, the gadfly documentarian said in a four-minute detour from talking about his film, which rejects capitalism as "undemocratic."

Instead, he said, it's corporate greed. "These newspapers have slit their own throats," he said. "Good riddance."

Moore said that newspapers, bought up by corporations in the last generation, have pursued profits at the expense of news gathering. By basing their businesses on  advertising over circulation, newspaper owners have neglected their true economic base and core constituency, he said.

He also accused those corporations of supporting Republican candidates, which have discouraged reading and education in measures such as supporting the elimination of the Education Department at the federal level.

And Moore cited newspapers like those in Baltimore or Detroit, his home town, with firing reporters that cover subjects that affect the community.

Ultimately, he said, this was self-defeating. It would be like GM deciding to discourage people from learning how to drive, he said.

"It's their own greed, their own stupidity," he said. "It's capitalism that taken (newspapers) from us."


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