“The American press has the blues. Too many authorities have assured it that its days are numbered, too many good newspapers are in ruins. It has lost too much public respect. [. . .] It is abused relentlessly on talk radio and in Internet blogs. [. . .]
“Surveys showing that more and more young people get their news from television and computers breed a melancholy sense that the press is yesteryear’s thing, a horse-drawn buggy on an eight-lane interstate.
“Then there are the embarrassments: hoaxers like Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass turn journalism into farce [. . .] What became of heroes? Instead of heroes, today’s table talk is about journalistic frauds and a Washington press too dim to stay out of a three-card-monte game.”
— Russell Baker, writing on “Goodbye to Newspapers?” in the Aug. 16 issue of the New York Review of Books