Washington Post Earnings Drop 85 Percent

Politico reported today that net income at The Washington Post Co. dropped an astonishing 85 percent from the first quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year. The newspaper division posted an operating loss of $34.5 million over that period.

It looks as if the Post, like many other newspapers around the country, may have entered an age of decline. Newspapers just aren’t as profitable as they once were. The proliferation of online news outlets has given consumers a plethora of free news sources to choose from. But another factor may be the Post's persistent liberal bias, which is a turnoff to potential conservative subscribers.

Here at NewsBusters, we have written a lot about the Washington Post over the years. It has been a reliable source of liberal slant, giving us something to rail against every week. Take their treatment of conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin, for example. Rubin has criticized both conservatives and liberals in her blogs, but the Post editors have a tendency to print her conservative-bashing blogs while ignoring her pieces that criticize Democrats or liberals.

Of course, this is because the Post loves Democrats and liberals. When President Obama cancelled White House tours to try and make Americans scared of the sequester, the Post cheered his decision. They called it a “civics lesson” that helped the administration show the sequester’s pain. Never mind that the tour cancellations were completely unnecessary.

Like most mainstream media outlets, the Post vigorously advocated for gay marriage ahead of the Supreme Court hearings on the matter back in March. Post blogger Chris Cillizza went so far as to declare the debate over and social conservatives defeated before the court had even heard the cases.

The paper has been willing to excuse the sad state of D.C’s welfare system as well. Last month, when the Washington Examiner reported that most of the city’s welfare recipients don’t look for work, the Post remained silent on the issue. Why should residents of the D.C. area pay for a subscription when the paper is asleep at the switch on local stories like that?!

The Post also bows to the altar of political correctness. After the recent bombings in Boston, the paper ran a psychoanalytical piece that turned attention away from the Tsarnaev murderers and onto supposedly Islamophobic Americans.

Perhaps the Post should consider that its consistent left-wing bias is turning off readers and contributing to the paper’s decline.

Paul Bremmer
Paul Bremmer is a Media Research Center News Analysis Division intern.