Saturday, February 28, 2009

Newspaper need you -- and you need us

Reg Henry writes:

For more than 300 years, newspapers have printed incendiary opinions, but only now is it being held seriously against them. (In earlier times, it was just called free speech.) And if newspapers collectively did go soft on conservatives, then liberal and moderate readers would stop reading and not even a dead fish could get a newspaper.

All this shallow, juvenile scapegoating of newspapers obscures what is really good about them -- and it isn't bunching up the underwear of political partisans, important as that is.

The irreplaceable service of newspapers is the practical presence of that legion of reporters they employ and dispatch to monitor government in all its forms, starting at your local town hall.


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