It’s been a while since I’ve read the NY Times Week in Review. I was shocked at the issue I just read: It’s newsotainment, and not at its best.
What used to be a round-up of the week’s news is now a full page of humor (not even very funny), a feature article or two, some trivia (mainly media-related: Lou Dobbs, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck) and a few pages of op-eds. The op-eds and editorials are up to the NYT snuff, of course.
I feel bad for the Times. I’m sure they hollowed out the Week in Review reluctantly. But, the result is that as far as I can tell, there is no remaining weekly roundup of the news, now that Time and Newsweek have turned into collections of features. The news industry’s claim that it is indispensable for informing the public has grown yet weaker. And none of us should be happy about that.