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Thu Aug 24, 2017, 11:31 AM

13. This is as good a place as any to let out some frustration.

I am a faithful DU reader and sometimes I post replies. Once already today while following a link I was blocked at the front gate (firewall). In this case the the Washington Post. I am not a subscriber and can't afford to be a subscriber to all the possible news sources. My internet browser has ad blocking on as a default. So more and more of what you want to read through to the linked stories will get blocked.

My dad was a newspaper man 80% of his working life. 10% he was a a sailor in WW II and the last 10% he taught printing in a educational setting in a state prison. We grew up reading the papers. He would bring home several copies so we all had the option to read it over breakfast or waiting for the bus.

I understand newspapers run on subscribers and advertising. But when ads become intrusive to the reading of a story that is to much for me. More and more online 'news' sites pepper the stories with pop-up ads that interrupt in mid paragraph with ads leaving the reader searching or waiting to finish the article

In the long run I don't and won't buy from their advertisers. And I won't even waste a moment going to a news site that shove ads in my face.

Local newspapers are starting to go back to covering local news supported by local subscribers and advertisers. Unfortunately many local papers have been bought up by national conglomerates that have national agendas that they are pushing as a matter of editorial policy. That's when local support dies off and local advertising goes away.

The formula that has always worked is being killed by national corporations buying locals and dictating the contents.

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