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Sinking Sun Chronicles

9/15/08 “Douchebag!” headline in The Baltimore Sun’s free tabloidPerhaps it was all just a bad dream. If you read the “about the Baltimore Sun” page on the website, you will find that The Sun is still the same fine institution that produced H. L. Mencken and William Manchester, that it has “1,500 full and part-time employees,” that it still “has multiple offices overseas, a network that brings distinguished foreign reporting directly to hometown readers.”

That description was up on the site as late as Nov. 11, many months after The Sun closed its last foreign bureau. They haven’t had 1,500 employees in a while, but those who remain (after all the departures due to buyouts, boot-outs and bum-outs) must be too overworked to update the page. After all, who over there has the time – or the heart – to rewrite the part invoking Mencken and Abell? Naah, better get back to work combing the wires for a cute animal picture for today’s “24 hours in photos.”

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