Saturday, February 7, 2009

Blogging no substitute for daily newspaper

Hubert G. Locke writes:

One doesn't need to be a professor of journalism to know how critically important newspapers have been in the life and pulse of our cities and the nation -- how they serve not only as channels of information and enlightenment on all sorts of issues of public significance but also how they play a crucial role in keeping the whole public and private process open, honest and accountable.

There is no end to the mischief private corporations and public agencies could pull off, were it not for the public interest/watchdog function of the press. For us as citizens, it means the constant presence of a cadre of professional observers, trained to keep their eye on the daily round of human affairs and to keep us abreast of both its progress and its screw-ups.

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