Fox News host Tucker Carlson didn’t expect to be so impressed by an inexperienced Arkansas teenager seeking to make newspapers “great again.”
“Why would you want to do this?” Carlson asked 19-year-old Hayden Taylor, the new owner of the Monroe County Herald, his hometown’s local newspaper.
Taylor purchased the newspaper’s assets from former publisher Katie Jacques this week, but told Carlson it was “well within” what he could afford.
“A paper, especially in eastern Arkansas… is a badge of pride for a community, and I think that it’s a worthwhile endeavor to try and keep it alive for as long as it can be,” he explained.
“There’s nobody else in your age cohort, not one person you went to high school with who says, You know, I want to buy a newspaper, or work at a newspaper or read a newspaper, for that matter,” Carlson retorted. “So what’s your plan to keep this paper alive where so many others have failed?”
We’re so used to getting our news for free we’ve forgotten what that means for journalism. According to “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, “A study of over 200 papers found between 2003 and 2014, the number of full-time statehouse reporters declined by 35 percent,” he revealed in a report about the downsizing and elimination of local papers.
“I’m very aware that the national trend has been the downfall of newspapers, but in my particular area, there is still a demand for a paper, and as long as there’s a demand I’m willing to invest in being a supplier,” Taylor said. “It’s been a little bit of a struggle getting off the ground, but now things are going very smoothly,” he added.
Carlson was stunned.
“What I’m trying to do right now is keep people on staff that do know exactly what they’re doing and I’ve kept the staff from the old [Central Delta] Argus-Sun [newspaper] and they’ve proven to be fantastic at this transition,” Taylor said. “But until I’m experienced… I’d rather not write my own editorial column.. .I’d rather cover the news.”
“Boy, you are a self-aware young man,” Carlson said in response.
WATCH: Trump walked out of a 1990 interview with CNN when they asked about his finances
Long before he became the president, Donald Trump was a business tycoon who had trouble holding onto his money.
As New York Times reporting on the president's personal income tax records has shown, Trump throughout his career would frequently burn through money at a stunning rate throughout the 1990s, at one point reporting adjusted gross losses of nearly $1 billion per year in 1994 and 1995.
The tax records obtained by the Times show that things really started going downhill for Trump in 1990, when he reported a gross net loss of $400 million.
GOP lawmaker in Tennessee admits to prescribing opioids to his second cousin — who was also his lover
Tennessee state Sen. Joey Hensley (R) is under investigation by a medical review board for providing opioids to family members, one of which was his second cousin -- who also happened to be his lover, the Tennessean reports.
Hensley, an anti-LGBT ideologue who wrote his state's infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill, admits that he prescribed drugs for his relatives, but says he's the only doctor in town.
“There are not many people in the county who haven’t been to see Dr. Hensley, and she was one of them,” defense attorney David Steed said, adding, “Half of the county are Hensleys. Everyone there knows everyone. There were multiple relationships and the physician-patient relationship was only one and somewhat incidental to the others.”
West Virginia voter: ‘I’ll probably vote for Donald Trump’ because ‘he keeps the people to the TV set’
A group of West Virginia voters explained their voting choices to MSNBC on Monday.
"I don't have TV, I don't have internet," one woman said. "I'm pretty far behind. And I bet you a lot of around here are because we're poor. I don't know nothing about Joe [Biden]. I ain't never heard nothing about him at all. Donald Trump, I know a little bit about him because of the past couple of years."
"I'll probably vote for Donald Trump," Jeff Kibbey told MSNBC. "He keeps the people to the TV set."
"One, Trump is good," Francis Senter insisted. "Biden -- however you pronounce his name -- is good too. But like I say, I can't judge either one of them. It's the same community it ain't never going to change because if it was going to change it wouldn't look like this right here."