Daily Archives: November 12, 2008

John Gapper

Hank Paulson comes to his senses about buying mortgage securities.

John Whitehead thinks this is worse than the Great Depression

John Gapper

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My FT column this week is on the Detroit bailout and the price that Washington should exact for federal aid. 

John Gapper

Nick Denton, my friend and former colleague, has posted a gloomy forecast about how online advertising is about to fall substantially. As proprietor of Gawker, the blog publishing group that relies entirely on advertising for its revenues, he has reason to be worried.

Nick does have a habit of being publicly pessimistic about online advertising, as he concedes. While he is a smart and independent thinker, he is also prone to dramatic overstatement. However, in this case, I think he will prove more wrong than right.

He is acting on his own advice by cutting back expenses at Gawker, and he is not the only one. Conde Nast has trimmed its online operations, including the internet side of Portfolio, its business magazine. Peter Kafka has some more figures on the online advertising slowdown.