Palin drove more traffic to the ADN's web site --an unheard-of 928% spike in unique visitors last September -- than any other topic. Over the next 10 months the ADN went all Palin all the time -- usually following far-left talking points about Palin. The ADN even assigned reporters to investigate the loopy theory that Sarah Palin didn't give birth to Trig. All the while, the ADN's web site enjoyed all-time highs in visits.
"I chatted off the record with a high-ranking staff member of the ADN -- the person felt that the ADN would do fine, returning to its roots as a local newspaper, and attracting enough national interest with Alaskan stories, like volcano eruptions, to sustain the organization..."
But Tim believes the ADN is already becoming irrelevant:
"... it's gratifying to me that untold effort and resources dumped into the ADN to denigrate Governor Palin, whether in countless poisonous comments or ink expended by PDS-suffering opinion columnists, has been a wasted campaign. This stuff was aimed at undermining any possible re-election campaign for AK Governor, and at depressing her favorability ratings at home. It's all now irrelevant."
"The ADN, and the anklebiters, have only a couple more weeks of relevance. They're attacking full-bore while they still can. After that, they'll only be useful for background info and for attacks on Governor Palin's Alaskan legacy -- unless they can get on top of a new "scandal", like Todd Palin's second cousin once removed getting a speeding ticket, or Piper having an overdue library book. Because God knows that they've already expended all the ammo they have, and are reduced to recycling the same old memes."
The ADN will still publish articles on Palin -- but they'll mostly be wire stories. Or an occasional ADN interview with Palin. The ADN doesn't have the resources for reporters to follow her. The ADN has been cutting staff and consolidating resources. The ADN recently moved their employees out of the top floor of their building -- the floor with the mountain views -- to lease that space out.
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