inspired by XWL
Recently, it has become tres chic to deride journalists for being biased pushers of a left-wing agenda, or of being uncritical stenographers for right wing talking points. Personally, I have a hard time assigning such sinister motives – I think that many journalists are bad at the ‘investigative’ portion of their job.
And this is to be expected: with the explosion of online media outlets there are simply more journalists then ever before. We’ve seen this dynamic before in other contexts: with expansion, there become a shortage of major-league quality pitching, so many pitchers on major league rosters are not really worthy of their jobs. I would suggest a similar process is at work here.
So for once, I think Bud Selig came up with a proper solution: contraction. Instead of the hundreds and hundreds of daily papers we currently have, why don’t we shrink that to a more modest number? I’d suggest 32, spread semi-evenly throughout the union. And since many seem to think of this press as “cheerleaders” who are merely “keeping score”, we could organize each paper around a single point of view.
We would thus be treated to daily editions of the Cincinnati Red Sympathizer, the Washington National Security Intelligencer and the Pittsburgh Corporate Pirate Review. For the religiously inclined, we would have The Los Angeles-Anaheim Angel Times and the Tampa Bay Devil Rag. All sports would be covered by the Oakland Athletic Supporter. Of course the Milwaukee paper would have to be moved to Madison and renamed The Onion.