The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
No history please, we're Post readers
Ombud Michael Getler includes a vox pop of readers on whither the rag - and, in particular, this gem:
The editors are too old. The readers you claim to want to attract don't know who Pinochet was [a reference to recent Post stories about Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet, who took power in 1973 and stepped down 15 years ago]. They don't know what the Letelier bombing was. They probably have only a vague idea, if any, who [Henry] Kissinger is.
Jesus! The Capital of the Free World's house magazine is bidding for readers who
probably have only a vague idea, if any, who Kissinger is
One of the glaring faults of journalism is its failure to tell us something we don't know. It's pointless and it's boring. And I'd got the impression that the thing the kids hate most of all is boring-
A reader who wants a paper to write only about stuff he knows already is not one to skew coverage for.
[And, no, the Letelier bombing did not ring a bell. I could have ignored the words, or used them as a learnable moment. As I suspect most (current) Post readers would do, I chose the latter course.]
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