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Canaries : air in coal mine :: independent local daily newspapers : strength of democracy

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It’s not looking good in that regard. And it’s not “an informed citizenry will take action!” It’s much more mundane than that. It’s that when you can actually make money by publishing a local daily newspaper with local political reporting and scandals and the like, that means that there is a demand for that information, and that is what preserves democracy: people who are intensely interested in knowing just what their government is up to. And prepared to vote in the light of that knowledge. Contra the Washington Post, it’s not darkness that kills democracy, it’s lack of interest.

If the public stops paying attention, things go bad fast, as we’ve seen.

Written by Leisureguy

4 March 2019 at 7:37 pm

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