During the dark ages of television news, we used to watch the networks battle it out for 30 minutes, each week night. When there was a story of interest, we would turn to our morning or afternoon newspaper to get a balanced and thorough report.
In the larger cities, commuters would listen to their all news stations for serious stories of interest. including rush hour reports.
included in some of these venues, would be a "think" piece or an in-dept report.
In the Newspapers, particularly, I could go to my favorite columnist for a slam dunk follow-up on some of these issues.
Even today, many of us, who follow legitimate news, often go to our favorite newspaper....perhaps, on line, to read an objective political story by a well known reporter.
Not only are certain newspapers, "going under" but some will be read exclusively on the web, as the advertising revenues are not enough to provide for a daily print edition.
The New York Times is now experimenting with using an hour on MSNBC TV to expand their readership and circulation.
Much of local television news is a joke, with teleprompter readers (anchors), trying to find something hopeful about the most serious subject..... which they squeeze in between local color, sports and weather.
You may say, "I'll just go to my newspaper on line, and read in-depth on a story which is important to me." The problem here is that many of these seasoned reporters will be tossed aside in cost cutting measures.
Once the legitimacy of the news sections are gone....so too will be the last of the readers...and thus the entire news industry.
Other than the government buying out the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. where will we receive our real news in 10-15-20 years?
Perhaps a major company like Google will pony up the cash to buy a couple of major newspapers, and keep them going. Maybe the fed's will consider giving them a tax break.
Other than drums and a rumor mill....I'm not sure where we will get our legitimate news in the future.
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