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Do We Need ‘Progressive’ Newspapers?

March 15, 2010
William Anderson

I recently read Alex S. Jones’s Losing the News, which says if that American newspapers go out of business, Americans will lose the “iron core of news” that permits us to be a “self-governing people.” If a few more of these outfits go under, he says, we’re doomed! Are we?

Let me start by I acknowledging that I worked with Jones 32 years ago, and I like him. But I believe he does not understand the U.S. economy and the power of entrepreneurship. Most important, newspapers as we know them are relics of the Progressive Era, and we can easily do without Progressivism.

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