The outlook keeps getting bleaker for America's newspaper industry.
Now we have word that Detroit, one of the few cities that still has two newspapers, will see a major change in its market.
The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News will slash home delivery to three days a week, printing small editions on other days and encouraging readers to get information online.
Since 2002, the Detroit papers have lost 19 and 22 percent of their print circulations, respectively.
Why is that? The reasons are varied and complicated.
But I suspect one reason is that the mainstream press, over the past 25 years or so, has been pelted with charges of "liberal bias" from right wingers. And editors have either begun to believe it--or they have been intimidated by it.
As a result, they have largely called off their reportorial dogs on Republican corruption that has infected our country for the past eight years--and beyond.
History will show that George W. Bush has presided over the most corrupt administration America has seen. But how many truly ground-breaking, enterprising stories have been written about Bush scoundrels?
Consider this: In the United States, at this very moment, we have at least three classic political prisoners--and I'm talking about in the Josef Stalin sense of that term.
Their names are Paul Minor, Wes Teel, and John Whitfield, three Mississippians who are spread out in federal prisons around the South. How many American mainstream newspapers have taken a serious, in-depth look at their plight, explaining to their readers the truth--that these innocent men were railroaded?
I can't think of a single newspaper. Certainly none in Mississippi has done it.
And don't forget: Don Siegelman is not out of the woods yet. He's out of prison for the moment, but a three-judge panel of appellate judges (all Republicans) could put him right back in the slammer.
What should be on the gravestone of American newspapers when the last one goes under?
"We were intimidated into extinction."