While President Trump makes for a convenient scapegoat, traditional press at all levels isn’t dying because of him, or because of the internet; the traditional press is dying because, some time ago, they started to drink the same alluring poisons that they assail politicians and the cartoonishly wealthy for drinking — prioritizing the accumulation of power and wealth above all else. And now, like an unhinged alcoholic, they just drink more and more and lash out at those who tell them they’ve got a problem; and in the ultimate clueless act of self-betrayal, they fight like mad to ensure they’re never given the cure for what ails them: the ability to be held accountable.
Let me be an example
In just a few days, it will be the four year anniversary of the day my local paper, the La Crosse Tribune, turned my life to rubble — destroying my life, reputation, and mental health through a completely bogus story — while the La Crosse community watched me crumble with detached, child-like amusement as if they were watching a lifeless, decrepit highrise succumb to the awesome power of an expertly orchestrated controlled-demolition.
I recently chronicled my four-year struggle to reemerge or perhaps rebuild from the dust and debris and whatever else was left behind of the beautiful life I once had, after all was laid to waste by my local paper.
How a Local Paper Destroyed My Life and My Mental Health
What happened to me could happen to anyone, is likely to happen to more people more often, and has already — silently —…
Just two days after I published my story exposing the rotting core at the center of the Tribune — and by extension, 21st Century “Journalism” as a whole — something happened that knocked me off my feet: the La Crosse Tribune’s longtime editor “retired”!
“Maybe,” I thought, “just maybe the Tribune and modern “journalism” isn’t as putrid as I had come to believe!”
Could it be that the Tribune is finally delivering some belated accountability for the remarkably obvious and utterly nauseating laziness of their initial “reporting” about me and the ghoulish disinterest they had for correcting even their most obvious errors…