Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 | Those of us of a certain age grew up with newspapers. We relied on them for many things, but mostly for in-depth news of world and, especially, local events that might impact our lives.

Television news is superficial and revenue-driven, and now it seems newspapers are going the same route. Not only that, they are charging more and giving us less. I still subscribe, but I am appalled at the direction the U-T, and other newspapers are headed. The term “journalistic integrity” once meant something. I think the public is poorly served by mass media that is willing to diminish the “Fourth Estate’s” traditional role so willingly. I do not enjoy reading newspapers on line to begin with. While that is probably a function of generational expectations, knowing that the product we see on line is also a diminished one does not give me much confidence.

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