Friday, January 23, 2009

When No News Is Bad News

James Warren writes:

Any one of (John) Crewdson’s 15 to 20 major exposés would be the highlight of most journalists’ careers. But this fall, not long after Montagnier learned that he would get his Nobel, John Crewdson got his walking papers, shown the door by new management at the Tribune. A solemn farewell party was held at a Mexican restaurant near the Washington office that he had been given 24 hours to vacate.

In journalism’s new Internet-dominated landscape, in which attitude and attack are often valued more than precision and truth, handiwork like Crewdson’s is seen as taking too long and costing too much. His situation is hardly unique—the other investigative reporter at the Tribune’s D.C. bureau was told to leave at the same time, as was the top investigator at the Washington bureau of The Los Angeles Times, which is also owned by the Tribune Company. But as an example of journalism’s very best, Crewdson's dismissal is a symbol of the extent to which the news media are imploding. And that implosion is a development with far-reaching implications.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

James Warren's whine about the demise of newspapers is just the latest example of the self-congratulatory praise that he and his ilk have heaped upon themselves for decades.
Naturally he fails to mention the embarrassing number of times that unpaid members of the "pajamas media" have exposed the lies, doctored photos, disreputable "sources" and other tricks of the "reputable" newspaper trade.