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Monday, March 28. 2011
I grew up on The New York Times. Delivered, every morning, even before they had a national edition. Read it every morning, through high school and college. An essential part of breakfast.
She is dead now. From City Journal's The Worst of Times - William McGowan chronicles the long decline of the paper of record:
A newspaper's job to set a moral standard? Grandiose? How about just giving us the real facts with tough, skeptical, half-drunk cranky journalists instead of metrosexual twits, and we'll take care of the morality part ourselves. We're Americans, not illiterate ignoramuses who need to be taught how to think correctly by our superiors who filter and slant our information "for our own good." Propagandists, exploiting their historic franchise.
I quit The Times years ago because it would make me begin my day in an irritable mood. Irritated with them for quitting their job. Now, I catch up with Maggie's for breakfast, and so does She Who Must Be Obeyed. Imagine that!
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Oh, he set a moral standard, alright. A bad one.
I wouldn't use the NYT to line a bird cage.
If you haven't read it, the book [url=http://www.amazon.com/DESTRUCTIVE-GENERATION-Second-Thoughts-About/dp/0684826410] Destructive Generation[url] explains a lot.
I worked in a newspaper in Maine for an Editor/Publisher who commanded the editorial staff that their mission was to "Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable"...
Sure made it hard on us sales reps. Guess how the story ends?
Paper out of business...
Goal is to make it possible for more people to be comfortable if they want to pursue that, not fewer of them. Who wants to be afflicted?
I believe the NY Times had an ideological bent well before Pinch showed up. They kept the Pulitzer award for Duranty's grand lies on behalf of those Soviet communist thugs..
Yes... "The Times, they are a-changin.'"
I too wake up with Maggie's, but right after Theo 'cause he wakes up earlier than us. Then off to other news sites, then later I walk to the post office and pick up my (actually printed!) Wall Street Journal.
Had a subscription for years. They started to lose me when the Science Times section became openly politicized and finished the job when they could no longer even do sports with political commentary.
I can't even bear the local rag any longer. Just awful. Friends insist that getting a local rag is essential so that one knows where the best sales of good food and drink are at any given time but... just one more thing to throw away.
"A newspaper's job to set a moral standard? Grandiose? How about just giving us the real facts with tough, skeptical, half-drunk cranky journalists instead of metrosexual twits, and we'll take care of the morality part ourselves. We're Americans, not illiterate ignoramuses who need to be taught how to think correctly by our superiors who filter and slant our information "for our own good." Propagandists, exploiting their historic franchise.'
Love that paragraph, Barrister.
I agree the "Gray Lady" has been a left for a long time. I think it is only now really catching up to them. It couldn't happen soon enough for me.
Almost all newspapers are dying now. So is network news. One could blame a leftist bent but I think it is much bigger than that.
On the plus side, there are lots of different places to get the news and the variety can really add to the story. I sort of know what the MSM tends to say about something so I don't feel I really need a lot of that, but a lot of smaller more investigative operations (Maggie's being a portal to some of them) give me a perspective that is usually not covered and that angle can often be a decisive part of the puzzle.
On the minus side, I think another main reason for the decline in newspapers and network news is fewer people care that much. Whether it is because of the dreadful civic education in the public schools or the libertine nature of the many of us, it doesn't matter that much. Nobody talks about "looking out for number one!" any more but that may be because they don't have to - they live it.
I certainly don't miss "Uncle Walter" but I miss the interest people had in what was going on around them.
I know one paper that finally got it--of course, it was too late. For years the Seattle Post Intelligencer slid down the slippery slope. Never reporting anything negative about unions, schools, and local families of great, unbelievable wealth. For years, I would see a representative from that paper sitting at desks in strange places: my grocery store, the home and garden show, the Blue Angels performace, etc. Yup, someone would go out set up a desk and hand you a free paper and give you an umbrella if you signed up for a 3 month subscription (could have been longer--don't remember now). Anyway, I would keep asking where is the news. At first they would try to tell me to open my mind, but after awhile even some of them did not believe the role they had succumbed to filling. Then when I would ask where is the news they would explain to me that the P/I was a great community calendar and source of information about community events! Finally, when it went out of business and the local tv station was interviewing some of the employees, a couple--not many--had the courage to say something like this: we became an arm of the government and the union--we were no longer a newspaper doing investigative journalism. They still try to run some kind of website newspaper--it aint' much either.
Liberals newspapers forget that they are a business and must provide a product that people want and will buy, that includes advertisers. Moral meddlers and propaganda is not welcome for long. Blick
Liberals newspapers forget that they are a business and must provide a product
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... and you've already lost them with the words "business" and "product".
These folks - never having done much more than bask in each other's elitist glow - think far too highly of themselves to admit that they are running a business, or discuss their work as "product".
Same thing with the New Wave of teachers. They are MOLDING MINDS, you fool - can't be measured by math and spelling tests...
Maybe it's bad karma for past misdeeds. Back in 1912, the NY Times reported that Darwinism was proved true because of Piltdown man. You can see that here: http://inbredscience.byethost31.com/readings/nytpiltdown.html