A strong, responsible press is fundamental to a functioning democracy. It is more important than Wall Street, or the banks, or the auto industry, folks. I believe the demise of newspapers is far more devastating than just about any other single ingredient in this economic meltdown.
TV news, in its increasingly sound byte and info-tainment format, is NOT a substitute for the in-depth journalism and investigative commitment that is only found in our newspapers.
Blogs are NOT newspapers; they can be anybody, anywhere, with information, true or false; and accountability is hard to come by. Even Internet news takes on a sameness, with little or no answerability as to its sources.
Newspapers are THE neighborhood watch group, the people who speak truth to power for us, and who hold those in power responsible to we, the people. Nothing could play better into the hands of a repressive or terrorist agenda than the collapse of diverse, healthy, competitive, local and regional, bricks and mortar news sources.
I hope you can find 21 minutes to give your attention to 150 years of service: