Sign of the times … The American Journalism Review has released its annual survey of statehouse reporters. The unsurprising result? Forty-four states – including Colorado – have fewer full-time journalistic watchdogs tracking how elected legislatures are doing the people’s business. As much as the Right pines about the liberally-biased media, this is not entirely a phenomenon to be rejoiced over.
The news-gathering local media terrain is shifting under our feet as we move. A clear reason why we need more of the Modern-Day Sam Adams variety: Congratulations to Ari Armstrong for his well-deserved award and the lucrative success it brings.
We don’t always agree, but no one can deny Ari’s diligent and persistent advocacy on behalf of personal and economic liberty. Kudos to him.
Here’s guessing that all Ari’s behind-the-scenes work to promote pro-freedom “intellectual activism” will start reaping even greater rewards. Because if fewer professional journalistic watchdogs are keeping an eye on our state (and local) officials, more citizens will have to step up to fill some of the breach.