I agree with these statements by Atrios, too. Because I can be sentimental one minute and cynical the next, especially when the cynicism helps shed some light on the problems in the world of local reporting right now.
I remember years ago talking to someone who’d been in the journalism business for awhile about “death of print” issues. And he started fretting about losing Time and Newsweek. I couldn’t imagine why. I’m not dancing on its grave, but I really couldn’t think of what either of those magazines contributed positively to our culture or to “journalism.”
Anyway, national journalism of various kinds is here to stay. It’s the local stuff we should worry about.