John Oliver's sterling defense of newspapers

This video (below)  is making the rounds in journalism circles and prompting much discussion.  John Oliver is explaining why newspapers are in trouble throughout the country, but why they're so important. For one thing, the rest of the media (TV, radio, digital, aggregators and, yes, bloggers) wouldn't have much to talk about without newspapers. Oliveer looks into the camera and blames the newspaper troubles on YOU, i.e. all of us who assume that he have a free entitlement to news. I suppose you could say that producing news is much like canning peas--it costs money to come up for the product, and you should have to pay for it.

Disclosure: Tronc, the new name for Tribune Publishing, which comes in for its share of ridicule, is the sponsor of Chicago Now. Nonetheless, the Chicago Tribune still puts out a paper that is filled with hard news, insightful analysis, in-depth reporting and thorough investigations.

Here's the response from the Newspaper Association of America, which represents some 2,000 newspapers in America and Canada.

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