That's what my old editor, Frank Keegan, said today. And that's exactly right.
I truly believe that if the Press could land in responsible hands, it could not just make money again. It could also make a difference.
I can't understand why so many papers are held by companies that think of them as just another commodity, no different than cereal or toothpaste. That's why it's no big deal to them to kill off a paper, because there's always another brand of toothpaste or a different box of cereal.
Newspapers are so much more than that. They are the voice of a community, the only soapbox for ordinary people to stand up to those in power, the only way that insiders don't rule by default. They're so integral to democracy that our founders made sure the First Amendment protected them.
And how sad will it be if in the future teachers have to explain what "the press" was in order for them to understand what the First Amendment was all about.
The internet has done wonders for free speech, but it amounts, in the end, to a furious cacophony, a babble from the rabble rather than a way to hold our leaders accountable the way a free press can, and should.
Don't let the killers get away with this. Let's save this newspaper.*******
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