And here’s the really important part of that Massachusetts political history lesson. Brown’s no longer a senator from Massachusetts. That’s because Elizabeth Warren beat him in 2012, after Obama urged her to run. The guy has all the athleticism and tools to become at least a reserve All Star, there no reason he can turn it around. I personally in the camp that Thibs was/is not a good coach, particularly in the player development department. I love to see what Wiggs could do with the opportunity to start under a new coach and wearing a different jersey.
But today is the end of this particular road, and so I thought I’d use this last moment to offer readers one final chance to explain just why the positions I’ve taken are completely boneheaded, why the stories I’ve told fail to represent the truth, and why journalism is going to seed. Today marks the end of the Raw Fisher blog, and at noon, the last regular edition of the Potomac Confidential chat will be live here on the big web site we’ll mix it up on the issues of the day and on your views about the column, the blog, The Post and the future of the news media.In my farewell column on Sunday, I wrote about the strengths and structural problems both the new media and the traditional print media have faced as I’ve experienced the great transition during my decade of writing the column:There was something empowering about the new media, the digital technology that let readers speak out in the same format, the same time frame and the same space as the news that had hitherto been delivered from on high.I loved the new battleground of ideas even as I lamented how opinion the laziest form of journalism was elbowing out the rigorous work of reporting. In this new world, it was so cheap to mouth off that the difficult and sometimes less exciting work of ferreting out facts became too easy to discard or trim back.What’s your sense of how the evolution toward web based news has altered the content and usefulness of journalism? Is it harder to find common ground for conversation and political debate in a country where everyone’s reading and watching a different diet of information, or does the depth and personalization of Internet journalism make up for the loss of mass media?Are we as Washington area residents better able to deal with the challenges in our daily lives because we can connect through neighborhood listservs and other such targeted, detailed media, or have we lost something because fewer people share the same stories that they used to find in the paper or on radio or TV? Or both?In my new gig at The Post, we’re going to try to find the stories that reveal truths about the hard questions facing people who live in this region.