The Guy Starting A Second Newspaper In Long Beach Is Either The Dumbest Businessman Ever Or He’s Just Trolling Us All Because He Can

Posted: August 20, 2013 in Random Thought

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — The latest experiment in American journalism is a throwback: a new daily newspaper to compete against an established one in a big city. With Monday’s debut of the Long Beach Register, the owners of the Orange County Register are expanding their bet that consumers will reward an investment in news inked on paper and delivered to their doorsteps.The competition is the Long Beach Press-Telegram, which was founded more than a century ago and maintains an average weekday circulation of about 55,000. As a result of the budding newspaper battle, this city of 468,000 is joining Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston as a two-newspaper town.

“We believe that a city with the size and vibrancy of Long Beach should be happy to support a great newspaper of the variety we want to provide,” said Aaron Kushner, who since buying the Orange County Register a year ago with a partner has surprised industry watchers by expanding the reporting staff and page counts. “If it is, we’ll make healthy money. If it’s not, that’ll be unfortunate for everyone. But we believe we’ll be successful.” By launching the Long Beach Register, Kushner, publisher of the Register and chief executive of Freedom Communications, is taking his contrarian instincts outside Orange County. Media business analyst Rick Edmonds said the last time he can recall a major U.S. city adding a new daily paper was around World War II, when Chicago got the Sun-Times and New York got Newsday. There have been scattered other instances in smaller cities, but since newspapers entered their recent troubles, the creation of a new rivalry is itself news. A brewing news­paper war in New Orleans between that city’s Times-Picayune and a challenger based about 80 miles away in Baton Rouge is the closest to what is unfolding in Long Beach.

Get a load of the cajones on this fucking guy. Like, yeah I know newspapers are a thing of the past and there’s astronomical odds against me for starting a second newspaper in fucking Long Beach of all places. No biggie. We’ll play ball and see what happens. I really want to hate this guy but I can’t. He’s just looking everyone in the eye and saying fuck you. I honestly think he lost some sort of bet with a buddy and the loser had to go through with a horrible business idea. That’s the only explanation I can come up with. This guy is super rich and super rich people play games with their money for fun. You can buy all the cars, houses, and mistresses you want. But sometimes you need the real thrill of a business venture bet to keep your adrenaline pumping. Why do you think all these rich Wall Street mother fuckers keep doing illegal shit even when they could just kick back and count their money all day? Adrenaline rush. He needs his fix and this is gonna keep him on edge for a while.

Of course, this is all assuming that he’s not just a complete brain dead invalid who’s 100% clueless about modern business trends and that thing called the internet.

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