I am old
As a result,t, I start each morning with a print copy of The New York Times with breakfast.
I have noticed that The Times was getting progressively thinner and thinner.
In the 'old days', you could measure the paper by how many pounds it weighed
Today, my sliced nova weighs more.
It is sad.
The depth of their problem never really struck me until this morning
I was reading the paper, and I noticed that the news was chock a block, page after page,
That is, unbroken by any ads.
This was in section 1, the 'news' part.
I flipped page after page
Not an ad
Finally, I found one, a small one for Tiffany on page 3.
That was it.
Opening the rest of the paper, I counted 5 ads in all
Five ads for the entier edition of The New York Times.
And the only full page ad - Facebook
It is astonishing.
It is depressing
It is a very bad sign for journalism in this country
A free press is the foundation of our democracy
But can it function without newspapers?
As Thomas Jefferson wrote:
|Paris Jan. 16. 1787.|
...the basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. but I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.
Newspapers, it would appear, are daed.
Then the only hope is television news
But if that is to become the foundation of a democracy, it has a lot of improving t do.