All of which brings us to Jan. 1, 2009. Apparently MSNBC cartoonist Daryl Cagle heard a rumor that Roll Call was about to go under. Based on what, I have no idea. Now of course he couldn't report or cartoon about this on boring old MSNBC, which, adhering to its stodgy old-media ways, would probably require that he actually, you know, check out the rumor before broadcasting it to the world. But that's what Twitter is for! So he rung in the New Year by posting this at 9:04 am yesterday:
Never mind that, you know, it wasn't true, as Roll Call's publisher felt compelled to point out:
Contrary to rumors posted on Wonkette and on Twitter, Roll Call is thriving and not at all at risk of shutting down. It’s unfortunate what is happening to consumer newspapers and other media outlets around the country but fortunately for our amazing employees, readers and advertisers, the state of Roll Call’s condition is healthier than ever.
With our singular focus on Congress since 1955, our revenues and business opportunities continue to grow. In August, we completed a $43 million acquisition of the highly respected grassroots technology company, Capitol Advantage, on the heels of a previous acquisition of the legislative tracking company, Gallery Watch. We are hiring across the board in editorial and business positions. Advertising and subscription revenues are strong. Our parent company, The Economist Group, is in full support of our business strategy and looks to us for significant expansion. Suffice to say, our prospects for 2009 and beyond are extremely positive.
So to my Roll Call friends who remain, congrats on surviving the great New Year's Twitter scare of 2009, and see you all at the 60th anniversary party in 2015.