“A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself.”
Nowadays, it’s a busy time to be a reporter.
First thing yesterday morning, as usual, I opened my ipad to see what was going on in the world. I was met by the horror in London – the catastrophic fire in the high-rise, a tragedy involving hundreds of people.
Later in my car, I turned on the radio and learned of the shooting outside the Capitol at the ball field in Alexandria, Virginia – another American madman with a gun, this time the motive seemed to be completely political with the targets members of Congress.
On my return trip, the reporting was now about another shooter, this one on the other side of the country, at a UPS facility in California.
After dinner, I settled in front of the television and in between house renovations and tiny home building on HGTV, I checked for developments with the victims in the congressional shooting but found yet another breaking story.
Just when it seemed impossible to top Wednesday’s events, the crawl across the screen announced “Washington Post: President Trump Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice.”
Yes, most of my news yesterday came through electronic media, but in a world that for years has been tolling the death knell for print journalism, what was arguably the biggest story of the day came from a newspaper founded on December 6, 1877.
“Were it left to me to decide if we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”