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Today’s coverage of Napa’s big fire shows how pathetic “journalism” has become

As a former journalism prof (Cornell, UCLA) I am ashamed of most of my profession, With a few notable examples, the Twinkie-level to which daily news reporting has fallen is pathetic. Presented, below, front pages from four newspapers: three who should be ashamed and one shining example of actual journalism.

pressdemo

Once a NYTimes paper, now owned by real estate developers and political consultants

 

naparegister

Still struggling with the effects of bankruptcy and earthquake damage

 

sfgate

Better than the local papers.

 

sactobee

OMG! Actual journalism!