Lose Newspapers and You Lose Your Democracy

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Without independent journalism, Trump and other charlatans will thrive.

  • Eric Alterman
  • The Nation

I had a different column when I woke up on deadline day, but I wrote this one, not because any major news had broken—yes, the FBI raided the office of President Trump’s personal lawyer—but because our country and our democracy are in the midst of an ongoing emergency, and our embattled media is unable or unwilling to explain it.

Kome 3cWhat inspired my switch was Politico’s publication of the results of a study that demonstrated “a clear correlation between low [newspaper] subscription rates and Trump’s success in the 2016 election, both…

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