Marty Baron, the editor of the Boston Globe, hit a home run with this recent speech in accepting a First Amendment award in Boston. I hope that anyone who cares about the future of journalism -- including would-be buyers of the Daily News and Inquirer -- will read it. (H/T Romenesko). There's some good stuff about media coverage of the war in Iraq that dovetails with what I've been saying here since Day One at Attytood, but I think the most important part is highlighted by media critic Dan Kennedy:
The greatest danger to a vigorous press today, however, comes from ourselves.
This is a moment in American history when the press has been made a fat target. The press is routinely belittled, badgered, harassed, disparaged, demonized, and subjected to acts of intimidation from all corners — through words and actions, including boycotts, threats of cancellations (or defunding, in the case of public broadcasting), and even surreptitious taping, later subjected to selective, deceitful editing. Our independence — simply posing legitimate questions — is seen as an obstacle to what our critics consider a righteous moral, ideological, political, or business agenda. In some instances, they have deployed scorched-earth tactics against us in hopes of dealing a crippling blow.