Consolidation, layoffs at N&O, CharO: Time for the flat-line, last rites?

I keep getting hit with e-mails offering bargain basement deals for subscriptions to The Raleigh News & Observer.  The number of people I know who actually admit to reading the Charlotte or Raleigh papers on a daily basis seems to be dwindling by the day.   And then we see THIS:


Hmmm.  Less actual hard copy.  And then we get THIS: 



And then we find about THIS, presented as a sensible business move (while really looking more like a move to slow the bleeding).  The parent company of those two journalistic masterpieces is cutting staff and piling up the workload onto the poor souls still left on the payroll.

*I wonder how long it will be before we start getting the demands for a 2008-style ‘Too Big To Fail’ bailout? *    So, congrats McClatchy customers. You’re getting even less for your money.  A new emphasis on QUANTITY over QUALITY.  A whole lot more mass-produced, whitebread AP-caliber copy.

In an age of lower-cost or even FREE alternatives on The Internet, it’s only a matter of time before these people finally get what’s coming to them for aeons of bias and contempt for their readers.   But, hey, looks like you’ll have Colon Campbell’s scribblings about all things transgendered and porcelain until the bitter end.  Where else is he going to go?  I mean, who else would PAY someone for that nonsense?