Saturday, January 10, 2009

The trouble with newspapers ...

... What's black and white and red all over? Newspapers looking for a handout, that's what!

... there still exists these 19th century things called "editorial boards," in which up to a dozen (though usually more like half that) wiseacres and a couple of dames sit around, listen to grandees, and between the lot of them write maybe 1,000 words a day of grave, unsigned, top-down wisdom about the State of the Union address (Hey! I wrote one of those!), or the latest fighting in Gaza.
... as one who is familiar with the numbers, you could probably print at least three Reason magazines (complete with website, blog, the whole nine yards) for the cost of one elite-newspaper opinion section, with its 14 pages a week. Are the elites three times better? You tell me.

In a somewhat pertinent item, the NYT has a hard time facing up to snow. (Via Maggie's Farm.)