Saturday, April 25, 2009

Monopoly On Reporting

Bill O'Reilly says the New York Times is failing financially because it's left wing. If so, you'd think it would've happened 40 years ago. Since there are scores of papers doing as bad or worse, radically changing media markets and not ideology are obviously 90% of the problem.

In his column, O'Reilly does acknowledge that the Times has journalistic talent. I'd go him one better. It and our best papers, their political leanings aside, have a journalistic monopoly. If they go, and no other media step in to do quality reporting, then Bill O'Reilly, Katie Couric, and all the bloggers sitting in Starbucks and living rooms spewing their opinions will be as blind as bats.

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