Bye-bye PI

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After 146 years, Seattle’s oldest newspaper the Seattle Post-Intelligencer shut down print production today.  It’s a sad day for Seattle. The last edition of the PI hit newstands early this morning, and by noon it was impossible to find a copy around the Seattle area, although you can get one for $50 on eBay.  Vultures.

The fourth estate is critical to American liberty, just as a free press is critical to freedom in any country.  And the more perspectives, the more voices, the better off we are.

It’s true that the PI will continue with an online version of the paper, but with less than 20% of the reporters and most of the content simply linking to other papers.  This is not maintaining the voice of the PI, this is saying, “here’s something some other news agency reported.

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