Monday, July 27, 2009

Think Again: The End of Local Reporting?

Eric Alterman writes:

Much of the world of journalism has quite properly been focusing on the trials and tribulations of our great national newspapers—with the Washington Post’s self-inflicted wounds leading the pack. And it is easy to forget amid this obsession the importance of Tip O’Neil’s old adage: “All politics is local.”

True, local politics, like everything else, are not what they used to be. But the fact is that our political system—like our physical existence—still breaks down along geographical lines. And whether people care enough about local news to pay for it is, sadly, an entirely different question than whether our democracy requires a strong watchdog function at the local level to ensure safeguards against abuse, chicanery, and outright dishonesty.

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