Infrequently, I half-agree with opinion pieces in the Herald-Leader, but I wholeheartedly agree with Paul Prather’s recent column regarding the decline of newspapers. Newspapers are necessary to get into the details of stories. TV can give us sound bites but generally just can’t spend the time on one article that a newspaper can.
Where I disagree with Prather is in the reason for newspapers’ decline. It has nothing to do with the internet. That is an excuse, not a reason.
Newspapers have become universally left-wing and are printing papers only for those of the left, and many on the left have never read a paper. Conservatives are no longer interested in supporting papers financially, and this results in lower circulation and lost advertising revenue.
I plead with journalism schools and newspapers to stop their bias and win back what they have thrown away. Democracy needs them.