Real Journalism died yesterday after a long and heroic struggle against Political Correctness. The coup de grâce was delivered by AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, who said, "Fuck it, let's stop pretending. Real Journalism stopped mattering a long time ago."
Real Journalism is survived by its estranged children, Entertainment, Tabloid, Advocacy, Pack, and the hypocritical bastard who now goes by Truth to Power.
Real Journalism was noted for its intense desire to inform the people on the important issues of the day, so they could make sound decisions about their lives and public policy. Transparency, reason, integrity, and clarity were its most important tools. It wasn't always pretty, but for decades it flourished by giving its customers the solid information they craved.
Real Journalism was infected with Political Correctness long ago, but it managed to fight bravely on for decades before its tools began to fail. It suffered a terrible blow when integrity totally failed during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and with the shutdown of clarity yesterday, it was gone.
Small and scattered bands of followers will hold private services this week and keep the flame alive in the hopes that someday, Real Journalism will return.