How Diminished Institutional Knowledge in the Press Coarsens Political Discourse and Diminishes Understanding
Sometimes, it can be difficult to see just how devastating the loss of institutional knowledge at our newspapers has been. Sure, the casual reader notices that the paper is thinner than it used to be and that local reporters don’t seem to understand the distinction between its and it’s, but there is still news every day and it usually offers multiple perspectives on issues. What’s often missing, though, is the context and historical background that would give readers a fuller sense of the story and even vital information As some of you know, one of my summer jobs involves debate