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No, but it possibly can be blamed on cable TV. ... all-news channels, is nowhere near as great in European countries.

Where do you get that idea ?

From living in one European country and being in regular contact with another, which is the one I'm originally from.
There are LOTS of news channels over here - e.g. I can currently view the German n-tv channel and BBC ... channels and if I wanted to pay for it I could see CNN, which is carried by the local cable.

So can I, because I signed up for a cable service. Most Spaniards and Brits don't, though. They stick to the five or six open-broadcast channels.
If I desired I could tap into over a thousand sattelite channels of which several are also news channels.

So could I, because... (repeat rest of previous paragraph)
One could also discuss whether Fox News with their alternative interpretation of the terms "fair and unbiased" is really a news channel or not.

That's irrelevant. Are newspapers "fair and unbiased"?
In any case I think a great many Europeans have much better access to foreign channels than most USAmericans.

That's irrelevant, too. What does access to foreign TV channels have to do with anything in this thread?

Ross Howard
Americans rarely read! Conjecture, yes, but what else could explain this? I don't think it can be blamed on ... for the tabloids, but still, their more serious newspapers equal the American ones in circulation despite having a muchsmaller population.

I would have said the list tended to show the reverse, at least as far as papers are concerned. Consider the papers over here. The list says "England" but most are, in fact, available throughout the UK. Those quoted have a combined circulation of just under 12 million within a population of 60 million or 20%. The LA Times has a circulation of a million out of a City population of under 4 million, 25%. The NY papers quoted have a combined circulation of 3 million in a City of 8 million, 38%.
(Yes, I know the kids and the illiterates don't count as potential readership, but I'm guessing the proportions of those are similar both sides the pond).
The combined top 5 Japanese papers, assuming they're national, circulate to 30% of the population. But the Indian papers have a percentage circulation rate barely higher than yer supermarket flyer. Of course, the Washington Post goes to 130% of the City so I'm guessing we have to assume a wider circulation.
So on the evidence here, yer average American is as likely as most, and more likely than many, nationals to take a newspaper. Factor in book sales and the conclusion has to be that Americans read so much it's surprising they have time to do anything else.
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Americans rarely read! Conjecture, yes, but what else could explain this?

I'd like to click on the link, but I'm illiterate.

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I meant there are about a dozen because even I can probably name about a dozen. So, here goes (no cheating, so be kind if I screw up):

Washington Post
NY Times
LA Times
Chicago Sun-Times
Boston Globe
Baltimore Sun
San Francisco Examiner
Miami Herald
Orlando Sentinel (maybe I only know this because TC has quoted from it)
Denver Post
And, er, that's it. (Because I assume you won't allow the Tronna Globe & Mail.)
Well, ten a metric dozen. So how'd I do? Did I miss any biggies, and why can't I associate any papers with Philadephia a major(ish) city with a Grand Old Tradition if ever there was one?

Ross Howard
I'd say there's way less than a dozen "very strong" ... strictly for people who don't know how to read (NTTAWWTE).

I meant there are about a dozen because even I can probably name about a dozen. So, here goes (no ... I assume you won't allow the Tronna Globe & Mail.) Well, ten a metric dozen. So how'd I do?

Sure, those are all surviving local dailies, but few of them are "very strong". Most of them just reprint AP wire reports and such, no? Erk's probably partial to the San Jose Mercury News , the leading newspaper on the Peninsula.
Did I miss any biggies, and why can't I associate any papers with Philadephia a major(ish) city with a Grand Old Tradition if ever there was one?

Philadelphia can safely be ignored, but I think its major paper is the Inquirer (sic). There's also the San Francisco Chronicle, I think.

How many of these are owned by Hearst? The New York Times owns the Boston Globe.
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If the charge is true, it makes me wonder why there are so many mega-bookstores being opened all of the place here. There's a Book-A-Million, two Borders, and one Barnes & Noble within five miles of my house.

They have books?...I thought those were coffeehouses..r
The San Francisco Chronicle is Northern California's largest newspaper.

The San Francisco Examiner is "the other" paper a five-days-a-week tabloid.

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the Los Angeles Times has 1,067,540 readers. while the Chicago Tribune, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, has 673,508.

It's not qujite correct to say that the Chicago Tribune owns the Los Angeles Times , although that's the way the relationship is commonly stated.
Actually, the "Tribune Company" owns the Los Angeles Times . The acqisition deal is discussed at
http://tinyurl.com/9tjbx or
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/jan-june00/tribune 3-21.html , where it says, among other things
The Chicago-based Tribune Company owns its
flagship, the Chicago Tribune, plus three
other newspapers, 22 television and four
radio stations, and cable and Internet
holdings, including a stake in America
Online. It also owns the Chicago Cubs
baseball team.
Times Mirror company's company's marquis
property is the Los Angeles Times, owned
for more than 100 years by southern
California's powerful Chandler family. It
also owns the Baltimore Sun and the
Hartford Courant, and Newsday in New
York, plus extensive magazine holdings.
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Actually, the "Tribune Company" owns the Los Angeles Times . The acqisition deal is discussed at or http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/jan-june00/tribune 3-21.html , where it says, among other things Times Mirror company's company's marquis property is the Los Angeles Times

Wait, that should be "marquee property", shouldn't it?
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