Isaac, I see what you're saying. But what I meant was, a local weekly Jewish newspaper, like the Rocky Mountain Jewish Times or the Jewish Journal, but one of several competing weekly local Jewish newspapers in the metropolitan New York area, albeit the largest. Limited in scope, and limited in distribution, a throw-away of a genre typically suitable for wrapping fish. I know the Jewish Journal is distributed free of charge, paid for by ads and subsidies, and at least in the past, the Jewish Week was the same type of thing. Content provided only as a vehicle for the ads. I know, sounds like many internet start-ups. But the internet startups of that type that made it big offered services that few could afford to be without, or novel services which were difficult to find, justified to keep on the desktop despite the ads. Typically, most Jewish weekly local newspapers are still little more than birdcage lining. At least the Jewish Press, which I think of in an even worse light, is beholden as well and caters to the consumers who purchase it- a particular kind of consumer who relishes yellow and sensational journalism of the worst kind.
In reading what I wrote yesterday about the Jewish Press readership, that isn't really fair to some readers, who buy the paper for the restaurant listings, or just because it provides a comprehensive, though highly biased, review of happenings in the observant Jewish world. Even my bro-in-law buys it (though why, I don't know), and I have placed ads in there before, no doubt branding me as complicit in pandering. And also in the Jewish Week, which as I say is on a different, higher, madrega, but still falls short. And also in the Jewish Journal, which I pick up and keep in my bathroom as reading material. Yes, I'm complicit. What can I say? It's my dark secret.
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