Thursday, September 30, 2010

Freedom-info flows from different streams

Congratulations to Thomas McAdam, who covers the shenanigans at Metro Louisville's City Hall for the Louisville Examiner.

McAdam, an attorney and great writer who obviously enjoys his new perch, has just published his 1,000th article for the Examiner. His articles get right to the point, and he's not afraid of offending the sensibilities of corrupt and criminal politicians and bureaucrats. Plus, it's solid, accurate information.

In his latest article, McAdam notes the decline of the "old" media and the dramatic shift in the way in which Kentuckians get their news.

"Electronic news delivery, free and instantaneous, is clearly the wave of the future," McAdam writes.

He also notes the decline of Kentucky's largest newspaper, the Courier-Journal:

"As the paper’s death-rattle becomes more audible, the home edition grows increasingly thinner. Pretty soon, there won’t be enough paper in the C-J to wrap a dead fish, or to line the bottom of a birdcage. We used to joke that 'Today’s news is tomorrow’s garbage; and the Courier-Journal has speeded up the process by 24 hours.' Guess that's not so funny anymore."

By contrast, the Examiner is the fastest-growing news source in the country. It publishes in 238 individual cities, each of which has their own Web editions.

Helping Kentuckians recapture their freedom is the Bluegrass Institute's mission. But that takes informed patriots. And we can all be grateful for the work that McAdam and other online "informants" do.


Anonymous said...

Traditional media gave up their objectivity and became political puppets. Too bad. The new media can link right to sources which adds another check/balance on credibility. We have news overload. Keep it to the point.

Anonymous said...

RE: slol1's Comments

I think it is more like the traditional media fell into the trap of "Advocacy Journalism."

Newspaper types decided that instead of reporting the news so citizens could make informed decisions, those newspaper types had the right to control the news so citizens' opinions would be those shaped by the papers.

Problem was, along came the Internet, and citizens who could read found out the newspapers were trying to play a fast one.

Another factor is the schools got into the act by not teaching many students to read well.

End Result: massive drop in newspaper readers.

Liberty General said...

That's right. The Internet's the greatest tool for freedom ever created. It's one reason why there are those in government who would seize on the opportunity to restrict our freedom of speech by restricting Internet usage.