In the book I make the point that the number of reporters nationwide has declined along with the number of newspapers, newspaper readers, and diversity of news ownership.
So, serious journalism has taken a hit and "fluff" or lifestyle news has taken off. It is the dumbing down of America.
... which has serious consequences for democracy.
In some places, our leaders--both elected but especially appointed--now think they can do whatever they want.
This is where the news business comes in. Part of their job is to fact check statements of our leaders and to call them out when they lie, cheat, steal, mislead, or even try to whitewash their own actions.
Luckily, in some places, brave reporters still exist. And they are doing their jobs.
Like with the Winston Salem Journal, where reporter
Rachel Maddow shows the absurdity of it all on her show, which can be viewed here: http://wataugadems.com/1508
This is a great local example of how important the media are as watchdogs of the powerful.
Unfortunately, this is all happening in my own town!