i am saddened to report that my once great hometown newspaper has been turned into a sham of its former self over the last year or two.
since the purchase of the Philadelphia Inquirer by right wing investors back in May of 2006, the reporting has gone quickly and steadily down hill.
the front page is usually covered with ten to fifteen articles. 9 out of 10 of these articles now deal with murder, crime, sex, or drugs. someone needs to create a running tally of this. it's a tabloid now, and if it weren't for sports coverage, i wouldn't visit the page at all.
here's a typical article that beautifully captures all of the main themes that now are hallmarks of inqy reporting in one fell swoop.