Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe. Thomas Jefferson

From The American Prospect, Wake-Up Time by Eric Alterman and Michael Tomasky, an insightful look at the media with five prescriptions for correction. Money quote:

Are our national media — schoolyard silly during campaign 2000, by turns somnolent and sycophantic ever since — starting to rouse themselves from their long torpor? …

Don’t start dancing to the music just yet, though. Bad habits die hard, and we’ve all come to expect too little genuine journalism and far too much of what might be called “journalism-related program activity.”