Thursday, April 2, 2009

Stephen Colbert on the Newspaper Industry

Thursday, April 02, 2009

In the 'It's so funny it hurts' category, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" interviews Newspaper Association of America President & CEO John Sturm. On the news that the Chicago Sun-Times had filed for bankruptcy (“Chicago hasn’t suffered a blow like this since every October”) Colbert mock interviews Sturm, explaining to his younger viewers that 'A newspaper is like a blog that leaves ink on your hands, and covers topics other than how much you love Fall Out Boy.' And what is the NAA? It's "named for the noise Americans make when you ask them if they care about thoughtful analysis of current events. Naaaa!"

To see the short video clip, go to:

Incidentally, the Guardian issued an April Fools Day press release that after 188 years of ink, it was turning to an all-Twitter format. The subhead read: "Experts say any story can be told in 140 characters." To see that story, click here:

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