The New York Times and Washington Post are in an old-fashioned newspaper war, as the journalistic “think tank” The Poynter Institute points out in a well-written article this week. “In the early days of the Trump administration, The Times and The Post have been at the forefront of some of the most important stories. . . . Americans find themselves bearing witness to a curiosity at a time of supposed diminished relevance for print journalism: an old-fashioned newspaper war.”
Meanwhile, in our neck of the woods, our little newspapers are going in a different direction. The Wildwood Independent, now a sister newspaper of The Union, calls itself the “official voice of Lake Wildwood ” or even”the official voice of Lake Wildwood Association.”
Well isn’t that special?
No matter what size, a newspaper is supposed to be an independent voice, not an “official” one. An independent voice leads to objective reporting, including the activities of homeowners associations. In this case, using the words “independent” and “official” in the same tagline is almost an oxymoron. This is America, not China or Russia (more details on Russia here). Ha!