Poobahs unite to dis diversity
Thursday, November 21st, 2002
Matt Welch pummels the press poobahs who are busily creating a “publishing mini-genre” lamenting the dire state of American Journalism.
Reviewing books by Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel, Leonard Downie Jr. and Robert G. Kaiser, Matt is nauseated by the “factually uncluttered hyperbole,” unctuous “Statements of Concern,” and, most of all, the whiny poobahs’ self-congratulatory bias against other people mucking around in a business that THEY feel entitled to control by committee edict and academic fiat.
Written by people suckled on and situated in America’s news behemoths, the books fret that there aren’t enough behemoths and take this as a sign of impending doom. They either ignore the explosion of other news resources — niche magazines, blogs, cable channels, “fingertip access to 10,000 faraway newspapers” — or see these as negative.
Go read the whole review.