News gathering takes effort and expense. So does news writing. It is only fair then that we figure out a way to pay for it. There is more at stake here than just saving the journalism business; democracy is premised on an accurately informed electorate. Increasingly, however, we are relying on talking heads, or bloggers, who see no reason to get it right. Indeed, they sometimes prefer to get it wrong: “Creates controversy, more traffic” We have controversy enough already. What we need are facts -- and journalists to gather and report them in a no-nonsense fashion. Far too many good news organizations have gone under. Time to wake up.
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