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Patch hits a slippery patch!

Patch hits a slippery patch!

I enjoy the local flavor of the Farmington Patch and the opportunity it offers to discuss statewide and national issues with local audiences.  I find it interesting that there was no mention today of the AP story in which AOL Inc is reported to be laying off up to half the workforce at its Patch local news sites and shuttering or consolidating roughly 150 of the 900 sites while looking for partners for others.

First Newsweek goes exclusively "digital", the Boston Globe sells for a huge loss, then the Washington Post, and now the first "new Media" web effort at local news hits a rough patch [out of deference to the dead I will not mention Air America or Current TV].  What do these failures to achieve or maintain market penetration, reader loyalty and journalistic credibility [oops forgot to include CONSISTENTLY MAKE A PROFIT] have in common?  Could it be their lack of fair and balanced coverage of current events or their active support of Progressive / Collectivists' efforts to fundamental transformation of our Constitutional Democratic Republic or just bad business models poorly executed?

USA TODAY and The Blaze versions of the story.

When allowed to function, the market works! I miss America.

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MAC August 20, 2013 at 02:48 PM
"When allowed to function, the market works! I miss America." So do I, Paul!!! Americans, busy supporting their families, or simply 'low-information'--not informing themselves well enough before they vote--have allowed our nation and state to be taken over by BIG government loving career politicians (both parties), who are now the "Ruling Class," while we have become their SERVANTS!!……………………………………………… Most of the media have been the willing partners of these power and CONTROL hungry, self-serving career politicians as they have built up their ever bigger bureaucracies and networks of crony capitalists (and Unions, Planned Parenthood etc.) who donate to their campaigns in exchange for legislative favoritism. It's just too bad that Americans in general have not woken up to the facts of how their FREEDOMS and opportunities for Prosperity are being stolen from them!........................................................................ Truth will out, and those media outlets like the Blaze which promote it will grow and prosper. I read Patch not only for local news, but for blogs and comments on important issues, such as yours, Paul.

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