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Ominous column today in the Washington Post on a dangerous tipping point:

For the first time in American history, we are nearing a point where we will no longer have more than minimal resources (relative to the nation’s size) dedicated to reporting the news. The prospect that this “information age” could be characterized by unchecked spin and propaganda, where the best-financed voice almost always wins, and cynicism, ignorance and demoralization reach pandemic levels, is real. So, too, is the threat to the American experiment.

Our Constitution is, the Supreme Court reminds us, predicated on the assumption of an informed and participating citizenry. If insufficient news media exist to make that a realistic outcome, the foundation crumbles.

— Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

John Nichols is a writer with the Nation and an editor at the Capital Times of Madison, Wis. Robert W. McChesney is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They co-founded Free Press, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to media reform, in 2003 and are co-authors of the forthcoming book “The Death and Life of American Journalism.”


Written by mroberts8

October 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Posted in Newstraining

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