Wednesday, June 11, 2008
dark days for journalism
K. frequently worries that my not-infrequent imprecations about the state of newspapers in the 21st century will be taken personally by real live journalists (such as our own David Allen). So before I launch off on my latest tirade, let me assure all readers that I have the utmost respect for journalists. Not only was my first job out of high school as a copy-editor at a national magazine, but some of the most important things I've ever read have been in magazines and newspapers. Like teachers, journalists are the underpaid underpinning of a functional society.
Actually, I don't have a tirade to share with you, because Harold Meyerson in yesterday's WaPo already said it better than I can. The LA Times was already rolling downhill by the time we moved down from Northern California, but the din of its current precipitous plummet (was that the sound of an axle breaking?) is now deafening.
Thanks to Princess Siracusa for the link.