Newswatch: The Danger of Being in Second Place


The decline, and even the disappearance, of some once great American newspapers is to those who love the craft of newspapering like the personal loss so many travelers felt when the great transatlantic liners disappeared. Those big liners had their distinct personalities—the French liners with their exuberant meals, the reliable and stately Queens. Newspapers had decided characteristics too, in the days when the Philadelphia Bulletin jauntily advertised that in Philadelphia NEARLY EVERYBODY READS THE BULLETIN, when the Washington Star faithfully reflected the "cliff-dwellers" in the nation's capital. Later, attempting to change...

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