Sunday, January 11, 2009

Someone hand me the Cluebat, please...

(Via the Drudge Report)

So the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is up for sale and might close if no buyer is found?

Pardon me while I wipe the crocodile tears from my eyes.

Even now, those associated with the paper and the story do not understand why they are going out of business. Sure, the economy is hurting them. But the biggest factor is that they turn out a poor quality product, and more and more people are figuring that out.

Look at the election just past--the media was so obviously in the tank for the Big O that even they had to run stories about it--although their spin machine was on overload trying to make the situation appear to be "not so bad".

There is a sea change coming in journalism--or at least it should be coming. Journalists are going to have to start reporting the facts--and only the facts--and saving their opinions for the editorial pages. This country went through an age of "yellow journalism" once upon a time, and the damage to the media of the time was deep and long-lasting.

This time, since there are alternatives to the traditional media, the damage may well be permanent. You'd better get your acts together while you still can.

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