As WaPo writers are still reeling from the shock of having their newspaper sold this week, TWT columnist and Drudge‘s Charlie Hurt took a stab at it this morning, recalling the treasure it once compared to what it is now.
He writes that this week’s sale to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is a jolting reminder that “newspapers have committed themselves to a slow and painful suicide.” He talks about growing up in a one-stoplight town and picking up 12 pounds of newspaper for his father from the post office. At least to his 10-year-old mind, the stories he once read in WaPo had a magical effect.
“There were stories of mysterious crimes, intrigue at the morgue, aching romances and towering greed among vastly wealthy people. There was all the clandestine lurking between two superpowers on the brink of nuclear annihilation. And there was always the simple stories about mundane life that were so beautifully written. In those days, no one was better at that than The Washington Post.”
After recollecting one story in particular, his compliments come to a thudding halt. “Most of all it was real,” he says of the story, which involved construction workers eying attractive women as they walked by. “And it is the sort of story The Post hasn’t been able to pull off in many, many years. Not that it would now attempt a story that might be viewed by someone as insensitive.”
Hurt writes that WaPo‘s stories of yesteryear were not “vetted by the political correctness police that came to dominate every major newspaper newsroom in America.”
Before he concludes, he takes a baseball bat to the nation’s fancy J-schools and the “tedious website knockoff” otherwise known as HuffPost.
Hurt says WaPo‘s soul died long ago. But the harshest line of all? He concludes with this twist of the knife: “This sad demise could not happen to a more deserving group of people.”