What has happened with this?
Cruiser, Surely you know there is a difference between a letter to the editor and a real news story? And the skill level required to produce each is very different. Trained apes, given a typewriter and enough time, can write a letter to the editor. Newspapers print them all (or just about all of them) as a community service, to give their readers different viewpoints, and to warn readers that there are crazy people out there.
Good journalists present facts and readers make up their minds. That's brain surgery: it changes whole societies. Often readers confuse facts (journalism) with opinion/columns. They also throw up their hands in anger when they read something that they disagree with and say "Oh, those reporters are such liberal freaks!" or "That's not true -- bad reporting" or "I was there and I didn't hear So-and-So say what's in the paper!" It's a variation of the kill-the-messenger snydrone. I think it may have reached such an extreme that killing the messenger may cost us all our big newspapers. Instead we will all read according to our beliefs and tastes: liberals will read only liberal press, conservatives will read only conservative,etc. We will never be exposed to other ideas. Sad..and scarey.
Obviously, Cruiser, you've never tried to do it. And if informing people and influencing their thinking isn't like brain surgery then your expectations of journalism is way lower than mine. Good journalists change societies...what brain surgeons do that much?
Did anyone notice no editors are on the layoff list...no management? I guess someone will be needed to read all the 'news' the paper receives from people who "always wanted to write." I guess the CA'll rely on freelancers to do the work of the pros. Would you want surgery on your brain to be done by a freelancer?
What a sad day.
By Chris McCoy
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