Where did all the gumshoes go?

Andy Rooney said on “60 Minutes” Sunday that people still read newspapers to find out if what they saw on TV the night before is true. Maybe that’s the case for Andy’s generation. But, of course, he’s 89.

In reality, many of us are ditching newspapers and turning off the television, instead seeking out news on the Internet, on our schedule, even if that online news comes from the same mainstream media sources we’re choosing to forgo. It’s not the reporting we’re abandoning, but the delivery mechanism.

Unfortunately, the premise for this column is that changes (i.e. cutbacks) in the media business have created a shortage of in-depth reporting. Gone are the days when TV stations had the luxury of employing investigators who spent weeks chasing a story, and when daily newspapers had special investigative divisions.

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