Don't Gloat, Collapse, etc
July 25, 2012 | 02:31 PM

Did not mean to appear like I was gloating. That ain't me! What I think I was trying to say is that, sure, there is a lot of local and micro local news online, absolutely. And if you take the time you can find the sites and between them probably stay up with some local news. Patch is quite good but it probably won't make it. My main point is that it is a lot of work and there are issues on consistency and accuracy. Not that newspapers have a monopoly on accuracy but typically we have professional reporters and editors who create our news and most of the news reporting online that is not the media is not written by trained journalists. It is important I tell you. Also, we package our news in one simple, tactile, vehicle. That is, it is the opposite of the high labor (surfing the web) , stressful, too much imformation, on-the-grid overload that the net often creates. I don't know about you but I am not terribly crazy about all the noise today that disrupts and invades my life and environment. Newspapers to a degree for many address that and are a welcome alternative. Easy, non-intrusive, accurate, reliable, non overload, no searching etc. We're not for everyone but we're still for many.

I do agree that placing the opinion on the front page was unacceptable. It should not have run there and it was a surprise to me. I about fell out of my chair when I saw it.

Biased media? Sure there is biased media. Just as there is a lot of unbiased media. Take your pick. I love The Economist. I think it is the best publication of it's kind in print or online there is. Wall Street Journal is slanted but I still read it because the stuff that they don't spin they do wonderfully. Same with NYT. Etc etc.

Look, honestly, print is a good thing and it is really a requirement for a democracy to survive - at least until there is an on-line model that is viable for reporting the news. I personally suspect there may never be one - at least on a local or even regional basis. You just can't get to scale.

My old editor Logan tells this story: In a city council meeting we used to cover, one council person and another were discussing an issue and one said to the other, "Well lets just go ahead and vote to approve it, no one will know." The other guy responded (pointing to Logan who was standing behind the speaker) "He will." A bit dramatic I know but you know what? That goes away completely or to a high degree if print goes away. Not good. - Ray