Friday, December 11, 2009

Where's the News?

Paul LaRosa has something to say about the likely demise print newspaper. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and virtually every other newspaper give away their content online at no charge, and these days we can read the news in the bathroom by simply pushing a button on our smartphone. Many people are getting “news” from blogs, webcasts, and other online sources, so why drop a buck or two at the newsstand when the news is readily and freely available in the palm of our hand?

What does this mean for our getting news less focused on entertainment and more concerned with the facts? The trend is pointing toward more biased news coverage than ever before. The media rushes to judgment on critical issues (think healthcare or terrorism) and obsesses over irrelevant issues (think the Colorado-boy-not-in-the-helium-balloon case or the endless attention to Michael Jackson's death).

LaRosa should know what he’s talking about. He is a veteran journalist who wrote for the New York Daily News, an author of four crime books, and a TV news producer. For his story, click here: