Does anyone see a parallel between some of the recent tactics by state government and the lack of a strong press? The types of long-term investigations that are necessary to root out corruption are no longer viable in many shrinking newsrooms. They've had to sacrifice that stuff for what pays the bills today. It's hard to make time for combing through databases for weeks on end hoping to build a story when you don't have enough people to cover school board meetings.
Of course you are so right, and the loss of a strong corps of investigative journalists is a very serious matter.
However, there's a counterpart: people lack the patience to read
. Most people want to watch news, not read it. So print journalism is facing that obstacle -- an inattentive, impatient public -- along with all its economic ones.
The small portion of those who read divides into those who think about what they read and try to weigh it against reality and place it in a context, and those who don't or can't. I'm not presupposing any particular conclusions people have to draw, but without thoughtfulness and historical and social awareness in which to fit what is written, we don't really have much of a public dialogue any more.
As we can see not only on this forum, but all over this state.