The Alarming Decline Of American Newspapers

07/29/08 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll continue a topic that Juan Gonzalez was talking about earlier on democracy now – the rapid decline of American newspapers. But first some listener comments about the past few programs. We’re still getting calls about voting, the presidential elections and the green party. We also received a call about the interview last week with the two local founders of a non-profit called Project Prosperity.which offers small loans and financial literacy classes to legal immigrants.

Here’s what some listeners had to say.


In an article that he wrote recently for the website headlined the internet is no substitute for the dying newspaper industry– our next guest writes: “some 6,000 journalists nationwide have lost their jobs, news pages are being radically cut back and newspaper stocks have tumbled.”…”the decline of newspapers is not about the replacement of the antiquated technology of news print with the lightning speed of the internet. It does not signal an inevitable and salutary change. It is not a form of progress. The decline of newspapers is about the rise of the corporate state, the loss of civic and public responsibility on the part of much of our entrepreneurial class and the intellectual poverty of our post-literate world…”

Chris Hedges, who graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for the New York times, is the author of "American Fascists: the Christian Right and the War on America."

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