This weekend will be the last time in my life that I read the Raleigh News and Observer dead tree edition. It's been a long and bumpy ride, but I've finally reached the end of the road.
As some of you may know, I love journalism. Not only that, I'm married to a woman who teaches in the UNC School of Journalism, where I myself graduated with an M.A. But there comes a point where you have to vote with your pocketbook, and I've reached mine. I am canceling my N&O subscription ... for the last time.
Up until a few years ago, I had taken delivery of the N&O every day for nearly 20 years. Then one day, in a fit of frustration over the John Locke Foundation's domination as one of their news sources, I canceled my subscription. About six months ago, I resubscribed, convinced by my friend George that it was the patriotic thing to do. He was right, of course, good journalism needs our moral and financial support, which is why I'm still subscribing to the New York Times.
When a paper with all the resources of the McClatchy organization finds itself turning again and again to Art Pope's Five Million Dollar Opinion Factory for local commentary, something is badly out of whack. Whether it's a function of laziness or just bad judgment matters not. I will no longer allow the price of my subscription to be used to help spread the Pope agenda.
I miss the Old Reliable. In fact, I've been missing it ever since the Daniels family sold out years ago. It's sad really.
Best wishes to everyone at the N&O, I hope the organization figures out a way to survive. A bit of original, independent thinking on their editorial pages might be a good place to start.