Skip to comments.Dallas Paper Suffers Circ Plunge, Gets Subpoena (Dallas Morning News!)
Posted on 04/22/2005 9:21:31 AM PDT by Maria S
DALLAS Belo Corp. said Thursday that upcoming Audit Bureau of Circulation figures will show that its flagship Dallas Morning News will take a circulation hit of about 13% on Sundays and 9% on other days, for the most recent six-month period.
It said circulation at its Providence (R.I.) Journal will be down about 1%, with The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., off 3% Sundays and 2% other days.
Belo Corp. also disclosed that it received a subpoena this week from local prosecutors regarding overstated circulation figures at the Morning News.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Decherd said the company will cooperate fully with this week's subpoena from the Dallas County District Attorney for documents relating to the case.
The investigation focuses on whether there was any criminal wrongdoing related to the circulation statements, Rachel Horton, a spokeswoman for Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Horton said the district attorney's office has been investigating the issue since the Belo Corp., disclosed the problem to stockholders in August 2004. She declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation, according to the Star-Telegram.
The circulation overstatement is already under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Couldn't happen to a better bunch of flaming liberals.
It's $50 to place a classified ad in that rag now. Gee - looks like the circulation doesn't justify the ad rates, does it?
IANAL, but since the amount charged for newspaper advertising is based on circulation figures, falsifying those numbers could be considered committing fraud on their advertisers. They could be open to criminal, civil, and SEC penalties.
I cancelled my Dallas Morning News subscription one year ago and switched to the WSJ because the DMN had gone wobbly on gay marriage, etc. I told 'em so, too. Such a sad decline of a once proudly conservative paper. I know there are others like me who want no part of this liberal crud any longer.
Then, their parent company, Gannett, went out and bought up all the weekly community papers in our area, so I cancelled that one too.
They quit calling to ask me to take the paper back when I refused to stop telling them exactly what they could do with it. But they called a friend of mine who only gets Sunday delivery and offerred 6 months free daily paper as a trial. That smacks of desperation if you ask me.
I cancelled the Tennessean, another Gannet paper. They called the very day after I cancelled and offered me 50% off.
I refused. Now they keep sending me past due bills for a month of service after delivery was stopped. I guess they think they'll badger me into paying, even though I don't owe it.
Not gonna happen.
Great news BUMP!
I love the smell of dying liberal newspapers in the morning.
Or anytime, really.
The MSM keeps spewing their lies, and paying for it in lost subscriptions and lost viewers. They don't notice the correlation.
Air America can't interest anyone. Conservative radio is going strong. The liberals still don't get it.
Why let reality interfere with dogma?
Thanks for the update from all of you! I'd forgotten about this!
I wonder if this has anything to do with Bill O'Rielly's war with that left wing latina columnist of the Dallas Morning News, who railed against anyone who wanted stricter border controls and then wildly accused the Fox host of complicity in murder.
>> I cancelled my subscription to the Enquirer (Cincinnati) last election season, because they have such a hard time pretending not to be screaching Code pink, ACLU loving, commie sympathizing, klintoon loving liberals.
You must have some strict standards - not that that's a bad thing.
The Inkwar was about the closest thing to a conservative paper I read - at least on the editorial page. The culture section had the usual gay agenda agitprop day after day.
Compared to the Plain Dealer and the Dayton Daily News (the Pravda of the midwest) the Inkwar was a bit of an oasis.
It will ascribe the losses to the Internet, talk radio, demographics, President Bush, or anything and everything but itself.
Here's some more good news indicating the campaign to upset the MSM applecart is doing well.
Yea, that smell!
That smell, like gasoline.
...smells like *victory*. ;^)
IANAL? I Am Not A Liberal?
Same at The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, folks.
One of the Milw areas *premiere* real estate outfits are in the process of suing the suckers right now claiming the inflated Urinal-Sent circ figures are tantamount to felony theft.
And y'know what, I agree with the Realtors.
It is outright theft.
"The circulation overstatement is already under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission."
Well it's about time!
The Liberal-Socialist quisling-braainstems running the nation's rags weren't content just *spinning* their stories.
They set out on an *organized* campaign of out-and-out lying & deceit.
As this despicable behavior has been evolving I was wondering (time & again) when the administration was going to fight back, using the powers at their disposal?
Hell's bells gents, it isn't that difficult.
Just copy the best when it comes to using governmental agencies against enemies, perceived or real.
William Jefferson Clinton, the illustrious Sink Emperor.
It's as simple as that.
...infesting our public institutions.
"I refused. Now they keep sending me past due bills for a month of service after delivery was stopped. I guess they think they'll badger me into paying, even though I don't owe it."
Send a note to their ceo and board with a real simple message. "Stop this illegal dunning for a service I cancelled. Or I will turn you into the SEC for fraud."
Attach a copy of this article without the Free Republic logos.
Also, send a copy to your local Publisher and editor.
If the paper wants to stand with the criminal immigration movement, let them go under. The liberals newest name calling trick is to call us "bullies". I guess if we disagree with their great liberal wisdom, and dare to stand up to our betters, that that's what we'll be called. So be it. Go for it O'Reilly, we're with you.
I Am Not A Lawyer... It's a fairly common internet disclaimer when discussing legal issues and you just might be talkin' out of your butt. :=)
"since the amount charged for newspaper advertising is based on circulation figures, falsifying those numbers could be considered committing fraud on their advertisers. They could be open to criminal, civil, and SEC penalties."
Maybe a few local Freepers could buy a small classified ad saying "Support the Boy Scouts, Salvation Army and Free Republic".
Then, they could file a complaint with the local DA, state AG and the SEC re fraud re falsified circulation numbers.
That might be a lot of fun to watch.
Not good I guess, but I bet it would take off like FNC did and lead the way to profit from paper once again.
Dreaming? Sure. But why not?
not a lawyer
Can we stipulate that IANALL means "I Am Not A Liberal Lawyer"? ;-P
The MSM is a criminal enterprise??? Not unlike their friends in the Dimocrat party.
An item of curiousity; I now wonder(even more than before) just how reliable the Nielsen(or whatever) ratings are re the broadcast media? They have their transparent "sweeps" programming, what, quarterly? During this week long(?) period, there's some things on the teevee almost worth watching. It would appear for all the world the "sweeps" yield inflated numbers when compared to typical audiences. But no one seems to be concerned about the apparent incongruity. Seems odd to me, but I may be missing something.
Isn't that the funny part? You'd think newspapers would realize that if they'd just dump taking a stand on social issues and drop the editorializing (as if anyone cares who or what they recommend) they'd at least double their circulation.
But no. They hire Blacks to write about Black issues, Hispanics to write about Hispanic issues and Homosexual-Americans to write about Gay issues.
*AND* the paper is usually filled with stories written by journalists employed at other papers. Like I could give a rat's behind what some writer for the NYT says about Kennedy Space Center.
And the ABA, my friend.
Don't forget the shysters.
Fingerprints of the lice are *everywhere*.
"An item of curiousity; I now wonder(even more than before) just how reliable the Nielsen(or whatever) ratings are re the broadcast media?"
Ahhh yes, the *Nielsen* ratings. :o)
"They have their transparent "sweeps" programming, what, quarterly? During this week long(?) period, there's some things on the teevee almost worth watching."
"Almost* the operative & key word here, because speaking for myself it ain't even close to an "almost", it's an "is".
My bride & I have been talking discussing dumping DirecTV since it's a rare evening when we sit down to relax with some "entertainment" we can find one single thing of interest that'd stimulate, never-mind entertain.
But for the fact she's a rabid Michigan Wolverine fan and as such enjoys the game *once* a week on a Saturday, the decision would be a slam-dunk.
~Gettit oughta here! :o)
"It would appear for all the world the "sweeps" yield inflated numbers when compared to typical audiences. But no one seems to be concerned about the apparent incongruity. Seems odd to me, but I may be missing something."
It should seem odd and you're not missing anything, either.
If memory serves me correct it wasn't all that long ago (2+ years or so?) Nielsen faced accusation(s) ACN were up to precisely the shenanigans you've suggested.
By *whom* I cannot recall at this time but it'd be a safe bet it could've been one or more of the largest advertisers.
Just like the realty outfit in Milw who spends a HUGE amount of their advertising dollars with the city's only rag, these are the organizations being raped the worst by the phony, inflated, self-serving numbers.
Interestingly enough the entire ACN matter was dropped [read: covered up] quickly as if it were a STD & dropped just as quickly completely off the radar.
Not that we didn't already realize it, but, there're mighty powerful *&* corrupt forces at work out there & this was a *splendid* -- albeit subtle -- example of those forces "at work."
...of course you know. ;^)
Har! The MSM only takes comfort in airing others' dirty laundry. Safe bet there were offers made that couldn't be refused??? Some back slapping and glad handing and all's just peachy once again. STD indeed!
...of course you know. ;^)
Right now I have free unordered copies of the Dallas Morning News cluttering up my driveway. I'll throw them away tomorrow. Is this a sign of desperation?
I don't think that's such a far-fetched dream.
The paper could have a national front page- fair and balanced, and could have a local sports section, and metro section.
Most papers get the rest of their stuff from syndication anyway.
I'm old school, I want my paper, but The Dallas Morning News is the WORST ... or one of the worst on liberal slant.
Plus, they make all these little 'cosmetic' changes that just make the paper worse and harder to read.
They abandon their core of people who take newspapers and try to attract people who never will.
Their DC reporters have drinks with the NY Times reporters daily and either use the Times stuff directly or parrot it.
Even their entertainment pages praise movies like Good Night and Good Luck and BB Mountain while being tepid about Narnia type movies (of which there are few). Ed Bark actually praised Mary Mapes's book, suggesting we 'open our minds' and read it.
I still take it but it usually takes me 5 seconds or less to get mad.
In case someone is planning is ask why, the domestic partner likes the sports section.