With the newspaper industry in increasingly dire financial straits, Gannett’s mandatory week off takes its place in a growing list of grave moves. Layoffs have been widespread, the newspapers in Detroit halted home delivery four days of the week, the Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection and owners of The Rocky Mountain News and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer warned that those papers could shut down.
Most of Gannett’s newspapers are small, but they include some major papers, including USA Today, The Detroit Free Press... it also has hundreds of smaller, nondaily papers and 23 television stations.
Note - The Detroit Free Press has been one of the leading Pro-Democrat/Anti-Republican publications in the Nation. They have been particularly harsh towards libertarian candidates and initiatives. Most notably, the Press savaged the successful petition drive in 2006, to overturn Affirmative Action at State Universities. They have also been a consistent opponent of any and all efforts in Michigan to roll back tax increases by Governor Jennifer Granholm and the Democrat-controlled Legislature.