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How's that for perspective?

The changing (not to mention, challenging) economics are largely to blame for what's happened to the news industry, but I can't help but think there's a lot of "Get Woke, Go Broke" going on here, too.

From the mid-'80s through the early 2000s, I subscribed to and read all three major newsweeklies -- Time, Newsweek, USN&WR -- cover to cover, every week. Back then, Time was fairly liberal, Newsweek tried to straddle the fence, and USN&WR leaned right at least some of the time. I didn't read them because I agreed with their editorial stances, but because they usually provided solid news with more perspective than the newspapers could or would.

Same thing with newspapers. I got the NYT, the WSJ, and whatever the local daily morning paper was.

I didn't let my subscriptions drop because of the web; I let my subscriptions drop because in most cases, mere leftwing bias degenerated into shrill progressive cheerleading. And as the newsrooms shrank, so did the content I still thought might be worth paying for.

As a huge consumer of news going back to my mid-teens, it's been a sad thing to watch.