In recent weeks, the cases of Judith Miller and Bob Woodward have made the decrepitude of the Washington Post and the New York Times evident to all, and with the hiring of the unspeakable Jonah Goldberg, the LA Times seems to have decided to get on the bandwagon.
To my handful of readers this is no surprise. They know that Arthur O. Sulzberger and Donald Graham are not confused moderates, but committed bad guys. (I know less about the LA Times’ ownership, but I doubt that thy’re any better).
So someone should be coughing up the dough for a new national newspaper. I’m sure that a lot of the best people on those three papers are ready to jump, and the market is there. The money required is considerable, but the newspaper would soon have its own revenue flow, and this really might be a business opportunity. (Some advance thinking about the role of print media in the age of the internet might be in order).
I keep hearing about liberals with money, but they usually seem to be hibernating somewhere.
Nothing I say is true until someone else says it, so one of my famous readers should pick this up and run with it. There’s nothing unrealistic about what I’m saying; we’re really at a big turning point both in media history and in American history.
(Revised to remove an unjustified attack on Michael Kinsley, who did NOT hire Goldberg.)
Q.: But wait! Aren’t we talking about the liberal media? If both sides hate them, aren’t they doing something right?
A.: No! Conservatives hate the Post and the Times for two reasons.
First, because the right has slid so far right that they think that Senator McCain is a liberal. You have the theocrats and the neo-confederates, and the admirers of Calvin Coolidge fighting with the admirers of William McKinley, and Tom Delay thinking that DDT is a vitamin supplement and that no one should ever send their kids to college, and so on. Those guys are nuts.
Second, they don’t really hate them all that bad, but they’ve learned that if they make a lot of noise, they’ll get their way. Why else would a respectable newspaper hire the inept and ridiculous Goldberg?