It Wasn't The Pajama-Clad
People seem quick to say they can do without newspapers and reporting, and to dismiss the "MSM" whole cloth. (When people use that term, there's usually or often bias in the other direction -- overvaluing those who don't work for media organizations.)
Of course, if you really want to see distortion and errors, don't forget to look to people who "report" as a sideline. Some bloggers, sure, do good work, and uncover some things. But, without newspapers, how much of this sort of thing -- from the LA Times' letters page -- do you think you'll see in the future?
I opened my bill from Anthem Blue Cross the other day to see it was $90 less than usual. I couldn't believe it. I called and was on hold for half an hour to verify that it was correct.
Then your article explained the situation. Health insurers had been overcharging. State regulators ignored the situation, then The Times investigated -- and now my health insurance premium and those of thousands of others have actually been reduced.
This is why we need newspapers.
Carole Real, Los Angeles