Not just newspapers
Broadcast news has been on a long, fast trip to bad for a long time, in my opinion. But shrinking budgets - and the commensurate shrinking of staffs - have starved television news divisions. Corporate concerns have taken precedence and left a dearth of tough-minded investigations of the rich and powerful in their wake:
Investigations of the rich and powerful, the multinational corporations and monopoly industries, have all but dried up, say a coterie of journalists still trying to ply their trade. To be sure, enterprise reporting on the network level is far from dead. Investigations are, for instance, still staples at 60 Minutes and PBS's Frontline. Brian Ross and his producers are a vibrant force in TV investigations that singlehandedly keep ABC News in the game. But the days of news divisions rich with staff and resources claiming multiple hours a week of primetime real estate with newsmagazines are now history.
The Insider wasn't a look back, it was a look ahead.