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A fight in the newsroom at the Washington Post!  I’m not above enjoying other people doing dumb things, I’m not sure anyone is.  How else do you explain TMZ being as popular as it is, right?

What is better than the fight though, is what Gene Weingarten had to say as he talked about the newsroom boxing.  I think he may have a great point – maybe some of what’s wrong with the newspaper business (this probably applies to the broader news industry as well) is that there is way more crap news than there were in “the good old days.”  The kind of “cowardly and crappy decision-making in scary times” that Gene talks about has lead to a blurring of the line between news and opinion – Gene says the news business is worse for it, and it’s hard to disagree with him. 

Obviously even if things hadn’t changed content-wise from the good old days the newspaper business would still be in danger – so many of the problems aren’t at all content driven.  Maybe the news orgs that bring back some of Gene so wistfully described will be the ones that are able to effectively charge for their content.  Who knows, maybe consumers will feel that this kind of old-school content is worth paying for.

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Written by kevinbums

November 5, 2009 at 1:47 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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