"We draw ever closer to the once-unthinkable day when some major American city has no newspaper whatsoever."
That quote is from a column by Leonard Pitts, Jr. of the Miami Herald newspaper this past Saturday. (Link, as usual, below).
When this happens--heaven forbid, though it seems as though it's going to happen--that a city or cities across America won't have newspapers, it will not just be a sad day for that city or those cities and even America, it will be a tragic day, a dangerous day for all of us.
When there aren't reporters to ferret out stories about our government representatives or our government overall, we will lose yet more power in our societies.
When those newspapers aren't there to pay those reporters to search out stories about our corporations and what business is doing in private, with or without those same government representatives and/or institutions, we will be a weak people, indeed.
There are other problems and losses, too, like the fact that newspapers could and frequently did give us both sides of an issue and the fact that we all had a common basis--that newspaper--from which to draw our common background, whether we accepted or believed it all or not.
So go ahead, make fun of your local newspaper or reporters or what have you. Tbey may not be great, they may not be perfect, they may not be what they once were but they gave us what information we would not otherwise have gotten.
It may have been some backroom deal. Some "sweetheart deal." Some illegal or even just unfair or unethical one.
But without that newspaper and without their payroll and without, again, those reporters, we know nothing.
Or we run that risk, surely and simply.
Link to original article: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/23/2863825/these-are-not-ordinary-times-for.html#morer