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  •  I watched the movie Continental Divide recently (1+ / 0-)
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    It starred John Belushi as a Chicago reporter who went to the Rockies for a story because the city had become too dangerous for him to stay.  This, in turn, was caused by his intrepid and dogged pursuit of truth regarding a corrupt city government.

    Now, it plays as a comedy.. and is still quite relevant.. but the most striking anachronism is the idea that a newspaper could take on authority figures, bring them down, and the city could benefit.  Just from having a newspaper.  

    Belushi's character, and more importantly his editor, were not worried about 'access' or 'making the wrong enemies' or 'shareholders' or 'the people upstairs'.  They wanted to print stories that needed to be seen, regardless of the cost to them or their families.

    And, quite strangely, I felt that this part of the movie was the most dated.  We simply don't have those types of reporters in the business anymore.. or at least, won't when Seymour Hersch retires.  They are remnants of a bygone era when newspapers were important.

    I am happy to be done with the pitiful shell of their former selves that papers have become.

    I am sad to lose what newspapers used to be.

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin, Feb 17, 1755.

    by Wayward Son on Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 02:54:39 PM PDT

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