I have a friend who works for the Boston Herald, who I was discussing the future of newspapers with. This thread is based on that discussion. In recent years, both tv news and print media have faced major competition from the internet. The number of people who read newspapers and watch tv news has significantly declined, and so has ad revenue. The loss of revenue has led to a reduction in staffing, and there is less original content (i.e., more articles from AP) and less investigative journalism. So, the result is our media is less able to dig deep into stories, have a single reporter working for a long time on a particular story, or even have a reporter follow a speculative lead. The result is that our news media is less effective in its role of keeping government, business, unions, and other groups honest, and less effective at reporting stories objectively. Too often, the media merely relies on quotes and comments from talking heads, who usually do not give the whole story. I think this is a serious problem, and don't know what the solution is. Perhaps in time the problem will solve itself. Any thoughts?