As I occasionally survey the pack of sycophantic shih tzus* in the
Washington press corps, wriggling on their bellies to kiss the feet of those in
power, I feel plumb discouraged about the future of journalism.
It's like a cross between Versailles under Louis XIV and high school:
obsequious courtiers flattering their way to favor, plus the silly cliques of
the "in crowd" and "out crowd." On the other hand, I am greatly cheered by the
young journalists in the blogosphere who have now whelped a perfect litter of
books worth paying attention to.
For my marbles and chalk, the pick is David Sirota's "Hostile Takeover:
How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government -- and How We Take It Back." Sirota is a new-generation populist who instinctively understands that
the only real questions are "Who's getting screwed" and "Who's doing the
Creators Syndicate published Molly Ivins and has picked David Sirota to write a column to take her place. While nobody can replace Molly's ascerbic Texas wit, Sirota knows the drill and has the courage to tell it like it is. Now all we have to do is get his column picked up by our local media. He asks for our help in doing this.
Here's a sample of what you get with Sirota: