Ross Douthat takes stock of the recent US bank, hedge fund, insurance company and possible auto manufacturer bailouts and properly concludes that journalism has been hurting for much longer:
Sure, GM employs roughly five times as many people as all all of America’s newsrooms combined – but that just means that we’d be much, much cheaper to bail out! GM needs $25 billion, but we’d settle for, I dunno, five billion?
And while I’m in the recommending mood, a friend recently turned me onto the first season of the American version of the “Life on Mars” television series. Many reasons to pass along the recommendation, but I’ll stick to the first one that comes to mind: Harvey Keitel. Anyway, it can be downloaded from itunes, and – no doubt – it’ll soon be appearing in boxed set form at a pirate DVD shop near you.
And just how great is this?