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Newspapers have had a tough row to hoe in the new millennium, with consolidations, layoffs, downsizings, bankruptcies, and, to borrow a meme from the Jimmy Carter administration in the 1970s, a general “malaise.”
But back in Carter’s day, newspapers were going gangbusters—one, the Washington Post, greatly contributed to the downfall of President Richard Nixon, a dogged and successful politician until his vengeful paranoia, vicious pettiness, flamboyant demagoguery, disdain for his own constituents, and inherent shadiness forced him out of office.
One would be forgiven for a sense of deja vu during recent years. But on the bright
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