WTF journalism

Internet blah blah blah killing newspapers blah blah blah standards of journalism blah blah decline of democracy. Seriously, I read this NYT article on the defeat of the Small-business bill by Senate Republicans via filibuster twice, and I’m still trying to figure it out. Republicans filibustered it because they weren’t allowed to offer as many amendments as they wanted. But what these amendments might be, whether they are a good or bad idea, what alternatives there are, which substantive policies Republicans and Democrats favor or don’t, none of that is in the article. Is it that hard to ask, or for the Senate Minority Leader to advocate directly, what they actually want included or not included in the proposed policy? This article is like eating a hollow french fry, all process no substance.

And if that isn’t bad enough, I made the mistake of going to the Washington Post to see if I could, you know, find out what the substance was. Here is a screen cap of their current political page:

Good lord, what happened to the Washington Post? Tracking Palin’s mama grizzlies, indeed. Virtually nothing on this entire page is substantive. At the very bottom, EJ Donne asks ‘Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid?’ Can newspapers stay alive if this is the best they can do?

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