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Michael Wolff Laments a Magazine Industry that is Dying of Self-Inflicted Wounds

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Great, but don’t go making promises you can’t keep. – Political fantasy writer Michael Wolff, the author of the anti-Trump fantasy “Fire and Fury,” promised in a Friday interview with Spectator USA that he plans to say no more about President Donald Trump.

“Every magazine I have ever worked for, and I have worked for them all, is dead or will die shortly,” he explained. “For another thing, Donald Trump is the one consuming subject, sucking all views and opinions into his void, and on this issue I have nothing left to say.”

“Still, even with the collapse of so many journalistic enterprises, many of my former colleagues still go on at great and constant unpaid length on social media or, scrambling for a pay-per-appearance contract, as desperately willing pundits on cable television. Why? People are afraid, it seems, to say nothing,” Wolff proclaimed. “I’m looking forward to trying.”

Ok, so, what this most likely means is the spinner of fables has a new book coming out early next year and has begun his promotional tour early. But really, who gives a damn? He’s a fantasy writer, and not a very good one.

What caught my eye about his comments, though, was this part: “Every magazine I have ever worked for, and I have worked for them all, is dead or will die shortly.” Bingo. And why is that?

Well, we had a wonderful example of why that’s the case just this past weekend, didn’t we? That would be the incident with near-dead Newsweek publishing a false report by Jessica Kwong that the President planned to spend his Thanksgiving Day “tweeting” and “golfing” when in fact he was in the process of making a wearying trip to Afghanistan for a surprise visit with the U.S. troops there.

Kwong was fired as a result, but the name of the specific reporter who filed this specific piece is not even relevant anymore, since her false report was just another in an unending procession of this kind of intentionally false report over the last four years, all designed to damage the President’s reputation. It is seriously as if every newspaper, magazine and TV outlet in America is in a competition to see who among them can abandon all pretense to journalistic ethics the most quickly and abhorrently.

The disgraceful hackery taking place at Newsweek is just a symptom of an industry on its death bed. Newsweek is the magazine version of the New York Times and the newspaper business, or CNN and the TV “news” industry. They are all dying along with the profession of journalism generally

The journalist hacks like to blame the slow-motion death of their industry on the Internet, and the sucking up of all the advertising revenues by Google and Facebook. But that’s a cop-out, an attempt to deflect the blame away from their own failings.

The print industry awoke to the threat posed by the digital space a quarter of a century ago. It is incumbent upon any business that becomes faced with a sudden existential threat to adapt and work harder to improve its product offering and become more competitive.

But by and large, newspapers and magazines reacted not by becoming more competitive and improving their product, but by repeatedly laying people off, cutting their product to shreds and raising prices. With every subsequent cut and price increase, the quality of the product grew worse.

Any sense of journalistic ethics was gradually tossed to the winds along with the jobs of researchers, copy editors and other quality control functions. Thus, we end up with today’s situation at most of these publications with a single person who was poorly-educated in some J-school to do one of these jobs trying to do all of them in a mad rush to get something, anything posted out on the website that might attract some clicks.

And that’s how you end up with a Jessica Kwong – although the name makes no real difference at all because it could have been any one of thousands of people doing the exact same thing every day – becoming the sacrificial lamb at Newsweek for doing nothing more than following that fake publication’s current business model.

The magazine industry is in fact dying a death by slow-motion suicide and Michael Wolff, a guy who made his living by penning highly-sensationalized fantasies in order to maximize clicks, is in fact one of the major culprits. If he can now really make himself “say nothing” on any subject as promised in that interview, he’d be doing his industry – and everyone else – a huge favor.

That is all.

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10 thoughts on “Michael Wolff Laments a Magazine Industry that is Dying of Self-Inflicted Wounds

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    phineas gage - December 2, 2019

    There is no dignity in the throes of death. So it is with traditional print journalism–and considering the bias it exhibited for decades, good riddance.

    The more interesting question is what information format will be replacing it. Considering that most people these days appear to acquire their news via social media or late night ‘comedy’ shows, it could get a lot worse before it gets better.

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      Jimmy MacAfee - December 2, 2019

      Brilliant first line! (Original?) Paints quite a picture. Agree with your conclusion, too – except that with Google and others, we may come to find that it never gets better. Gulag Earth.

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    Geo Rubik - December 2, 2019

    “Every magazine I have ever worked for, and I have worked for them all, is dead or will die shortly,” …Michael Wolff

    So he’s the reason.

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    Vista48 - December 2, 2019

    Yeah, it’s rather like Bernie Madoff lamenting the lack of ethics in investment firms. There are few real journalists left in America, and the real deals are generally not well-known or well-paid. I also note the horrible grammar and sentence structure, since the universities seem to be focused on a political viewpoint rather than journalistic skills of any sort.

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    foods651 - December 2, 2019

    Journalism schools could not stay open if the degree was not easier than Physical Education, Badminton.

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    scotl70 - December 2, 2019

    If every magazine you have worked for is dead or dying, maybe it’s you.

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    Jimmy MacAfee - December 2, 2019

    The press’ “Self-inflicted wounds?” Seems more like “suicide,” (one happened recently where the person shot themselves in the head – twice! Seems to happen a lot when the Agency is involved.)

    Or perhaps the media collectively shot themselves in the head hundreds of times, but the caliber is so low, the pellets keep getting lodged in the scalp. Maybe they need a better firearm, not a pellet pistol.

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    Jimmy MacAfee - December 3, 2019

    The big question is: who is behind the Scam Press? The mirroring of the fake messages they promote says that they’re owned, not just by 6 corporations, but one singular entity (or organization.) Why are they being Arkancided? This is no small question. We cheer at their losses, but wouldn’t it be better to find out who or what has infected them, and eliminate the source itself?

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    News Briefs – 12/14/2019 | - December 4, 2019

    […] Michael Wolff, author of some anti-Trump book, says in an interview, “Every magazine I have ev… I strongly suspect our entire mainstream news media was an unprofitable cash-burner, funded entirely with a small sub-stream of cash drained off of the broader proceeds of the massive governmental corruption. And now as the corruption gets reined in, all of these Fake News outlets are closing up shop because they simply do not have enough money to keep running. […]

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    naro - December 6, 2019

    I have lost all faith and trust in newspapers and magazines, and therefore see no reason to subscribe to them. They have become so predictably one sided and propagandist, and therefore boring and unreliable. At least Pravda gave us the official position of the Communist Party.

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