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Magazine Newsstand Sales Collapse

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The New York Post‘s, Keith J. Kelly delivers the bad news: The first-half circulation numbers do not tell a pretty story for the magazine industry. Even digital-replica editions — which grew at a double-digit pace — did not rise quite as rapidly as a year ago.

“Cosmopolitan, Hearst’s newsstand powerhouse, tumbled 24.8 percent on newsstands to 774,077 from over 1 million in the same period a year earlier.”

Not surprisingly, the biggest digital replica magazine is Game Informer magazine, with 2,894,248 replica copies.

The next three with ad-sponsored replica copies belong to American Media titles: Shape with 296,157; Star magazine with 237,333; and OK! Weekly with 196,248.gpoj-approved-panic

“It needed to send 147,068 free or verified copies into the marketplace to make its rate base.”

Working Mother had 194,167, and Maxim, which changed ownership in the period, was not far behind with 186,863, while its single-copy sales plunged 33 percent.

“People, now at No. 4 in newsstand sales, lost 14.8 percent of its single-copy sales to 706,344.”

Overall, digital replica editions — defined as exact copies of the print edition — grew 13 percent to 11.6 million copies, representing 3.8 percent of the total circulation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tinseltown’s Propaganda Problem

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Hollywood’s fine with proselytizing, as long as it’s for the right cause

 Jonah Goldberg writes: The legendary media tycoon William Randolph Hearst believed America needed a strongman and that Franklin D. Roosevelt would fit the bill. He ordered his newspapers to support FDR and the New Deal. At his direction, Hearst’s political allies rallied around Roosevelt at the Democratic convention, which some believe sealed the deal for Roosevelt’s nomination.

But all that wasn’t enough. Hearst also believed the voters had to be made to see what could be gained from a president with a free hand. So he financed the film Gabriel Over the White House, starring Walter Huston. The film depicts an FDR look-alike president who, after a coma-inducing car accident, is transformed from a passive Warren Harding type into a hands-on dictator. The reborn commander-in-chief suspends the Constitution, violently wipes out corruption, and revives the economy through a national socialist agenda. When Congress tries to impeach him, he dissolves Congress.

[Amazon has Jonah Goldberg‘s Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, and latest book: The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas]

The Library of Congress summarizes the film nicely. “The good news: He reduces unemployment, lifts the country out of the Depression, battles gangsters and Congress, and brings about world peace. The bad news: He’s Mussolini.”

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