Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tribune Company Bankrupt: Financially, and Maybe More

Hang in there: This post does have something to do with the War on Terror.

On top of American financial companies collapsing, and major auto makers asking for a bailout, there's more change.

The Tribune Company is going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is a rather big deal. The T.C. owns quite a number of newspapers, including:
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • The Sun (Baltimore's)
Conventional wisdom is that the Internet's to blame. People being able to get information from something other than a folded pile of paper with ink on it can't have helped newspaper subscriptions.

I think there may be another factor. As I mentioned in a previous post, it's hard to shake the idea that the editors of many traditional news services haven't been keeping up with the times.

I'm not talking about information technology.

I think a case can be made that American newspapers, magazines, and traditional television news services, see the world through a filter that hasn't been changed since the seventies. That may be one of the reasons that so much reporting on the War on Terror reads like something written during the Vietnam war.

There's nothing wrong with nostalgia, except when it interferes with seeing the world as it really is.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.