Editor’s note: The following opinion was originally printed on Facebook, as part of a newly created group called “people who like to read newspapers in print.”
Why didn’t some of us invent a group for “people who like to read newspapers” years sooner? In the years before the bloggers started inventing news and slanting it to their liking, there were newspapers. Ben Franklin once told me that he couldn’t have his morning coffee without a copy of the Philadelphia Enquirer (or whatever it was called when Ben worked in print) in his hand. Abe Lincoln said that a good newspaper was four score and seven times better than a 5-cent cigar. And my Dad told me to read between the lines.
It all starts with a journalist employed by media and devoted to delivering the news in an honest story. And, the story almost always starts with print.