In the latest Mediabistro interview, MSNBC host and New Orleans native Melissa Harris-Perry talks about the state of journalism and the decline of print. For her, the loss of The Times-Picayune is not just bad for the Crescent City, but bad for democracy, because “there have to be some spaces where we can say, ‘I believe that because it’s reported by that person.’” Below, an excerpt:

“I not only sometimes hear viewers’ angst about wanting journalistic reporting, I feel it myself as somebody consuming the news. I report and analyze what’s going on in the news, but I also want to know what’s happening in the world. For me, that angst is primarily about newspapers. I live in New Orleans, where we’ve lost our daily newspaper and don’t have reporters on the beat in our neighborhoods… When I think about [the decline in unbiased news], I tend to not think about it in terms of television news, which I never particularly watched, but print journalism.”

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