Journalists like to view themselves as Betamax in the VCR wars. Sure, VHS won and Beta tapes are gone, but technophiles all know that Beta was actually a better format. Reporters like to think that the readers are migrating to blogs, twitter and Facebook, but everyone "knows" that the higher quality content is in newspapers.
Naturally, this is bunk. If you need proof, check out last week's "Quick Hit" by the Republic's Robert Leger.
Go back to civics class, people. Read your Constitution.
That's why we have a judicial branch: to protect against what James Madison called "the tyranny of the majority." Disagree with any court's decision, but not with its reason for being.
Golly, why did I waste all that time in Con Law I and Con Law II when I could have just gone back to Civics Class?
Leger has taken on the most complex and controversial legal issue of this generation and demonstrated that not only does he know nothing about the topic, but he doesn't even know enough about the topic to understand that he knows nothing about the topic.
Here's a hint. If your degree is in Journalism and you decide to opine on an issue that judges and legal scholars have been debating for 30 or 40 years, the answer probably isn't going to be "Read your Constitution."
Which brings us to the Beta versus VHS. Newspapers are neither. They are the filmstrips that we used to watch in elementary school. The medium and the content are both inferior.
Guys like Leger aren't going to go away simply because the blogs provide a more convenient format. Leger is going to go away because in an era when readers can access expert content on any topic, no one is going to pay attention to a guy who addresses a complex issue by saying:
"Go back to civics class, people. Read your Constitution."
When you hear the "Ding" sound. Turn to the next slide.