All of which brings to mind an old politician’s comment on an idealistic young colleague: “He actually thinks this place is on the level.” The good news is that many Americans have caught on. Newspaper circulation is down, and so is viewership of broadcast TV network news. New media offering a different point of view — talk radio, Fox News, the blogosphere — are thriving. We can’t design the news media from scratch, but we can scratch some of the news media we have.
After the country finishes painting the map red, perhaps self interest will oblige old media to paint at least a portion of its holdings in the same color.