Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to see before Christmas: The Inquirer is shutting down for good at the end of March, 2020. The website has reportedly stopped producing content on December 20th, 2019.
The Inquirer’s Carly Page made the announcement on December 19th, 2019, informing readers that the website was at the end of its life, writing…
“Our publisher, Incisive Media, has made the decision to shut down the website, which has come as a huge shock to everyone here at The INQUIRER. We were informed by our publisher last week – Merry Christmas! Happy Tory landslide! – which has made the decision that due to a recent decline in digital advertising, along with a change of focus for the business, it was time for The INQUIRER to go dark.
“The site will remain live until the end of March, but Thursday will be the final day that we will be publishing new content.”
The “snarky” gossip outlet originally made its debut back in 2001. Over the years they’ve covered a lot of tech related news, the budding artificial intelligence scene, and a lot of software and hardware related news when it comes to new devices, upgrades, and open source. Nevertheless, its 19-year run will come to an end in 2020.
Don’t fret too much, though. The outlet suffered from Trump Derangement Syndrome, taking shots at President Donald Trump over some of the silliest things ever. They also refused to address him as President Trump, oftentimes referring to him as a “part-time actor”.
They were also of the mind that 8chan was nothing but an “anonymous troll factory”, writing…
“[…] enough is apparently enough for Cloudflare, which has decided to cut 8chan – the anonymous troll factory associated from everything from Gamergate to perpetuating the QAnon conspiracy theory – loose once and for all.”
They also hilariously ran to the defense of Big Tech to spite President Trump.
In an article published on July 12th, 2019 they wrote…
“Responding to Trump’s statements, the Internet Association – a trade group representing big tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google – said that internet companies are not biased against any political ideology and that social media has been used to “great effect” in the past by conservative voices.”
Yet thanks to Project Veritas it was revealed during the summer of 2019 that Google does indeed censor and blacklist certain websites. Journalist Nick Monroe also revealed that Twitter engages heavily in biased moderation and operation in a detailed report published on November 28th, 2019. And in a previous expose it was revealed that Facebook’s algorithms were themed around suppressing and censoring Conservative content.
It’s ironic given that the main reason a lot of sites can no longer benefit from proper advertising is because Google runs a monopoly on most internet ads and if you’re on their naughty list you can still see a major decline (anywhere between 15% and 75% of your revenue) on the ad exchange.
And yet The Inquirer had no qualms about defending Big Tech to take pot shots at Trump, even though they eventually ended up biting the dust due to the downturn in advertising.
But it’s a tired and repeated trend at this point to keep harping on the censorship issue that the media flagrantly tries to downplay or dismiss.
They’re being eaten by the snake they keep pretending doesn’t exist.
But there’s no sweat off our back. The Inquirer is just another in a long line of sites that decided to let politics and Left-wing trends deter them from being the best that they could have been.
(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)