There is something solid andlastingabout a printed word. Itdoesn't float away into the ether like the spoken word. So many of the words used over the airwaves and cable, all those modifying adjectives and adverbs, the polarizing interchanges among talking heads, are often useless, even detrimental, to reporting the news. They create emotions and opinions that rob a listener of independent thought, a power to think events through. There have been many changes inmedia in recent years. Newspapers havehad a tough slough of it in the last halfof the 20th and into the beginning of the 21st century. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, newspaper publishers employed 455,000 reporters, sales people, editors and the like in 1990. By January 2017 that workforce had been more than halved. Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post wrote in a 2018 article that research shows newspapers still produce 85% of accountability journalism. New technology has given us many ways to communicate. We have become neighbors in cyberspace, sharing dreams and thoughts with others. But do we get hard facts that are crucial to wise decisions? Or is it mostly idle chatter, nothing more than constituency journalism?