You know that I’m fueled creatively by my massive hatred of the Washington Post. I hate it because they’ve gotten a lot of things right — their web site is much better than the NYT’s and even includes an excellent mobile site (I have a digital subscription to the Times and I still find the mobile app unusable), for example — but the right-wing editorial page, Very Seriousness, and general desire to suck up to wingers ruins what what would otherwise be the second best paper in the country. Looks like I’m not the only person who feels this way:
The Washington Post had the worst total circulation performance among all 25 papers included in the report for both Monday-Friday and Sunday, registering a 7.84% decline in total average circulation for Monday-Friday over the same period last year, and a 15.66% decline for Sunday. Print circulation for Monday-Friday was 467,450 and 688,576 for Sunday. Digital circulation was 40,165 for Monday-Friday and 30,725 for Sunday.
By contrast, the Times was down only 4.5% Mon-Fri and 1.1% on Sundays, nowhere near as steep a drop. I have to think that, in terms of circulation, it’s not a great idea for a paper with mostly left-leaning readership (even though dead-tree subscribers skew old, I’m sure that subscribers to the Post and Times are mostly liberals) to transform itself into a conservative outlet, as the Post increasingly has.