There was a great talk on C-Span several days ago by David Simon, a former newspaper reporter who is now an author and entertainment writer. Speaking in Washington, D.C. at a luncheon of the National Press Club, Simon offers a somber assessment of the newspaper industry’s current state along with a sober, inward-looking read on how it got there.
He is harsh in his criticism of moral failures of the reporter class itself, which he believes at times and places was quick to abdicate high journalistic calling at critical junctures in the industry’s modern past.
Simon seems a quick wit and colorful character whose dour side is on display during this event. I was interested in the topic to begin with but he personally drew me in because he has such a sardonic side. He clearly loves the craft of journalism, hates what has happened to it and sees stark tragedy in how its practitioners and supposed guardians played a role in all of the above.
Watch the video if you have the chance.