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But Where Will We Get Our Facts?

January 4, 2010

Tina Brown’s “Things to Stop Bitching About in 2010” has a few too many words about the President’s “lack of emotional connection” (yawn) and not enough words about newspapers, whose nail she hits right on the head.  The fact that John Kerry and others are interested in a newspaper bailout is literally the worst idea in history, as Brown is happy to frankly explain:

What a load of Spam! American newspapers are dying mostly because they were so dull for so long a whole generation gave up on them. They needed to innovate back in the Fax Age of the 1980s but were too self-important and making too much money with their monopolies to acknowledge it.

In the U.K., there is a banquet of glorious newspapers to feast on in the morning despite the presence of the Internet. All of these papers look nothing like they did 15 years ago. Furrow-browed broadsheets like The Times of London and The Guardian got snappy new overhauls, cut down to a more modern-feeling tabloid size, with a use of pictures and color that’s imaginative and striking and appealing to the younger demographic.

Uh, yeah.  American newspapers are essentially bereft of interesting writing.  It’s not that people don’t want to read real hard-hitting journalism, it’s that the content is presented in such an insipid manner.  Plus, sometimes the American rags just won’t tell you what freaking happens.

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