Sunday, February 1, 2009

Confessions of a Newspaperman

John Fountain writes:

I can't help but wonder whether I am a contributor to that demise. Long gone is my own home subscription to the Chicago Tribune, my hometown newspaper, the newspaper where I landed my first job as a full-time, full-fledged reporter. Even as a suburbanite, I might have kept my subscription had the delivery man been able to toss my newspaper into my doorway or simply place it in my roadside mailbox to ensure that on most days the Tribune I received was not stale and soggy. But truth is, the writing was already on the wall. For as my grandmother used to say, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk free?"

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