First, I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea. I am very sensitive to the carnage experienced by journalists in the last 10 years. Newspapers that were once mighty fortresses of truth, justice and the American Way are either no more or shells of their former selves.
Thousands of newsroom employees have lost their jobs. In my hometown, to name one of the more recent example of what's happening to journalism, about 200 people at the Las Vegas Sun are potentially just days away from being out of work.
And now comes the political reporter for the Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle who was covering President Barack Obama's visit to the area when she was laid off mid-story.
It makes you wonder why more journalists in America do not get the Obama connection. I'm not saying that the fissures in the foundation of print journalism are Obama's fault. Nor am I suggesting that the president can stop newspaper owners from making bonehead decisions that hasten their demise.
What I am saying is that had Obama not done such a bad job of guiding the nation back from the recession, many of these jobs could have been saved. Had Obama just been an average president when it comes to the economy, we would have been back on our feet by 2011. It's 2013 and I'm not sure we're out of the soup yet.
The Washington Post, one of America's great newspapers and brands, will sell this year for a liquidation price of $250 million. Before Obama, the Post may have been worth $1 billion, if my educated guess is right.
The Sun is no Washington Post, of course. It will go by the wayside for far less. And 200 good people will be looking for work.
Do you think that the owners of the Washington Post, or the employees of liberal newspapers who have supported Barack Obama like he was a god, get the picture as to his culpability for the current state of the economy?
I'd like to think so. But I don't. I think it is about time they figured that out.