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  •  Nice to see newspapers still being (6+ / 0-)

    read, and still occasionally printing the truth.

    The current Harper's (September) contains a story by David Sirota -- "The Only Game in Town - An unlikely comeback for dying newspapers" -- that chronicles the well-known national demise of the Fourth Estate and its influence on the national dialogue, due to corporate mergers, internet media, and various other factors.  Sirota's main point is that most metro areas used to have two competing newspapers, which virtually assured competing political views would receive coverage, both news-wise and editorial-wise.  The corporate takeovers of the last 20 years have meant decline in their influence, but what's happened first -- and it's the first I've seen this opinion -- is that with the death of the competing newspaper, the remaining paper has in many cases turned into a voice for an extreme conservative opinion which generally HAS NO OPPOSING VOICE whatsoever.

    Sirota also mentions that newspapers are still read by 75% of the country, so I'd have to say that they are still "mainstream media" -- along with broadcast TV, which would never be mistaken for journalism these days, as opposed to 30 years ago, when we had real journalists on camera and the news presentation was something one could trust.

    The internet is still lagging traditional media in terms of influence, partially, one concludes, due to its tendency to extremes and shrillness and often bullying stances, thanks in large part to the anonymity of most contributors.  Apparently what most major newspapers now print is another reason for the increasing rightward tilt of the national dialogue, which is one of the few reasons Republicans have any kind of credibility at all these days.

    Thank heavens the NYTimes and apparently WashPo still have a little journalistic integrity, altho the latter is nothing like it was during Watergate.

    Kick apart the structures - Seth

    by ceebee7 on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 03:29:36 PM PDT

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