Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day warning for newspapers

Terry Madonna and Michael Young:

Memorial Day traditionally has been associated with remembering those Americans who have lost their lives in military service and the many sacrifices made to gain and sustain American liberties. And it has rarely seemed more appropriate to do that than the times in which we live. But perhaps this Memorial Day it would also be timely to remember another tradition responsible for defending national freedom and guaranteeing continuing liberties — a tradition now endangered, possibly fatally wounded, and almost certainly grievously in trouble.

We speak of the American newspaper, and more particularly of the venerable American tradition of investigative journalism.

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