Some Flamemail Over Newspapers

"If you are, and you may well be, a good journalist, then you are deceiving your readers when you infer that Internet based journalism is equal to the print type." — Jim

That was just one of the many pro-newspaper emails sent in after I shot my mouth off in a recent post about newspapers.

Hey Jim, kiss my grits.

Sure, there's a lot of lousy Internet journalism. There's a lot of lousy print journalism, too. And while we're at it, there's lots of lousy television journalism. But in all these cases, it's not the medium's fault.

So don't go saying that a story that appears on the essence of a dead tree is somehow better than a story that appears on a flat screen. And our crew here can go toe-to-toe with print reporters any time (in fact, most of them are former print reporters to begin with).

Another missive ...

"If you (CNBC) or other web based journalists can truly match their numbers and cover the entire spectrum of the news both local, state, national and world then by all means lets cheer the demise of newspapers." — Dave

Local and state, maybe not. But we never claim to. And I know a fair number of national papers that completely ignore local goings on. Like I said in my earlier post, I think local Web operations may fill the need.

"I'm not as sanguine as you are that the Web will fill local news needs. Most bloggers have a point of view that they are openly pushing and don't make real money off their websites and they often use newspaper stories as a reference." — Allen

Why does everyone think coverage has to involve a blog? Oh well, at least he spells 'Allen' the right way.

"It's a sad day when you can't sit down with your morning coffee and thumb through the morning paper.There's something about the feel & the sound of rustling through section after section. ... The thing I'm going to miss is, how am i going to start my fire?" — George

Agreed, George, on both points.

"You, sir, are stupendously clueless. My newspaper charges $2.99 for a week's home delivery. A real hefty tab. Every Sunday it delivers various food coupons that save me more than $3 when I do my weekly shopping. In sum, I make money by subscribing to the newspaper." — Pete

Your paper costs less than mine, Pete. And I don't clip coupons. I'm lazy ... and maybe a bit clueless.

"I have stopped all of my traditional newspaper subscriptions. By the time the paper is out I've read it on the web and moved on to the next story." — JMark

"I DON'T HAVE THE GARBAGE OF OLD NEWSPAPERS TO GET RID OF, and I don't have to worry about unread newspapers piling up on my doorstep or in my mailbox when I am out of town. Print on paper newspapers will soon go the way of buggy whips and 77 rpm records." — Jeff

Here's a good, depressing point ...

"People haven't stopped reading papers because they are converting to web ... they have stopped reading." — Barbara

And here are some insults, because what good is email if you can't arbitrarily flame someone to make yourself feel superior? ....

"Talk about filler. That's pretty much what this op-ed is. What was the point to this article anyway??" — Len

"What would you folks know about good journalism? You can't even spell it, much less deliver it." — Diane

Thanks Diane. Go read a newspaper then.


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