NYT Readers Brain Dead: WSJ Editor
USA Today also slammed—maybe
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2009 7:50 AM CDT
Ken Weiss reads the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 in New York's Penn Station.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – Media-to-media relations are starting to resemble reality shows, writes Ryan Tate in Gawker—maybe this will up readership. In a staff memo about circulation growth, the Wall Street Journal managing editor slammed the New York Times, writing “there are two measures of mortality, brain death and the day the NYT subscription ceases—the latter may well be long after the former." 

He also poked at “certain newspapers [that] carpet the floors of lesser hotels with unread copies”—perhaps a dig at USA Today? Tate breaks down the WSJ's interpretation of the memo's chart—which shows its circulation up and everybody else's down: "It's supposed to prove the Journal caters to the sort of active, engaged readers who pick up the paper on the newsstand. USA Today and the Times, meanwhile, are for the non-sentient."