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Ivory Trough?

I asked yesterday whether the problems in the newspaper industry contributed to reporters’ panting after Obama as their own personal economic savior. A reader offered a corollary, or maybe a more accurate take:

How much of the news media’s overwrought coverage of the recession – beginning and ending with their hackneyed use of the demonstrably false comparison to the Great Depression – is colored by the fact that their industry is among the weakest and their jobs are not only on the line but also disappearing in droves?

It’s a version of Pauline Kael’s supposed observation about not knowing anyone who voted for Nixon: “We must be in a depression — everyone I know is out of work!”

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