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Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's a Shame Newspapers are Dead

Michael Smerconish, a Philadelphia-based radio talk-show host, also writes a regular Sunday column for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In his column a few weeks ago, he lamented the downsizing of news operations at even the nation's largest papers. He made an interesting point in saying that his work, talking politics on the radio, depends on journalists' most important work, reporting the news in depth. His concern was Martin Eisenstadt, a fictional character created by two would-be TV and film producers. Eisenstadt was described a a well-credentialed conservative political consultant, and his fictional news was picked up by several outlets. Smerconish points out that with the continuing shrinking of newsroom staffs, more and more professionals like him are liable to be fooled.

It's a shame. News operations have been shrinking for years, and gone are the days when TV networks such as CBS took pride in the fact that they fully funded their news operations regardless of those operations' ability to make a profit.

I still like to hold a newspaper in my hands and get more than newsradio headlines.


  • I too enjoy the physical process of reading a newspaper, as I enjoy the process of reading a book. I tend to browse electronic information rather than read it, however I am also a product of my generation, the PC was introduced when I was in college.

    It seems easier to create an electronic personality that a pseudonymn over the internet, but going back a century, many writers and newspaper columnists published information under names that were not their own.

    I am concerned less with the delivery mechanism than the overall lack of interest in data. Many people that don't read newspapers, don't read news on the web either, many simply don't read news. the shrinking of the news operations saddens me, but the overall lack of interest in news exhibited by the majority of the population saddens me more.

    By Blogger kobe2, At December 8, 2008 5:55 AM  

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