I was fortunate to be able to listen to the Diane Rehm show this morning. Usually this act increases my stomach acid and generally makes me grouchy all day. This show was encouraging because the topic had to do with "wither the MSM" or some such topic. The panelists, and the host, all repeated the same trivial things: "layers of fact checkers;" unsubstantiated bloggers; yada yada.... The good news is if these are the folks who are going to save the MSM, then the blogosphere can kick back, pop the corks and relax--because genuinely, the MSM hasnt a clue.
As an aside, usually my local fishwrap, The Tri-Cities Herald in Kennewick, WA, which represents a pretty conservative constituency, led with its New Years day forecast on the op-ed page: The US Economy: will it recover in 2006? Needless to say, this precipatated a letter to the editor.
The factual quality of American News is really at a low ebb.