A couple of lines in the paper caught my attention:
“Israel without Haaretz would be like Israel without the Supreme Court,” said Uzi Benziman, a former Haaretz columnist and now editor of The Seventh Eye, an online journal dealing with Israeli media issues.A truer line has never been uttered, but must be properly explained: "Israel without a [radical left-wing propaganda machine like] Ha'aretz would be like Israel without a [similarly radically left-wing] Supreme Court [which makes up the rules as it goes along, trying to forge Israel in the image of the radically left-wing judges and journalists that make up the left wing elite].
Secondly, it's important to note that Ma'ariv, if it's sold at all, will be bought by,
Shlomo Ben-Zvi, an Israeli who publishes a right-leaning newspaper called Makor Rishon.
paper's website is notoriously weak, offering only old issues, and no current content. And, while it publishes daily, the daily edition is only about 16 pages, more a pamphlet than a paper. The only "proper" newspaper comes out on Fridays, with inserts, glossy magazines, and some very thoughtful Torah as well.
Rather than embrace the digital generation, Mekor Rishon actually is eschewing it, not only surviving but thriving with the only possible base - people who won't use electricity. In fact Mekor Rishon recently expanded (last year) publishing a magazine called Motzash (מוצ"ש - which is short for "Motzei Shabbat) that's specifically geared towards twenty-to-thirty-somethings, and is quite popular.
So to Ma'ariv and (hopefully) Ha'aretz, I bid you tzeitchem l'shalom - farewell and good luck. I doubt they would have survived had they been less left-wing, but who knows? Perhaps your left-wing paper would have survived had you catered more to the only people still reading real newspapers: the religious communities you derided.
Then again, I doubt that too.