Anthony Cody wrote a post in which he reviews how the newspapers have reacted to important issues.

First, there was the great editorial in a Vermont newspaper, patiently explaining that public schools belong to the public, “not hedge fund managers and entrepreneurs,” and they serve public purposes.

Then he points to the Lap Dog editorial in the Los Angeles Times, which defended embattled superintendent John Deasy, whose decisions may be costly and harmful, but who must ultimately prevail over those who were elected by the public to be Deasy’s employer. The L.A. Times, in other words, voices the anti-democratic views of its owner, who obviously cares very little for democratic niceties like elections. John Deasy is the darling of Eli Broad and Bill Gates, so his wrong-headed decisions must be defended, free from any judgment by no matter the elected board. In the eyes of this newspaper, Deasy is the boss and the elected board works for him.

And then there is the kid-glove treatment of New Jersey’s bully governor, whose sneering response to a teacher was not worthy of a mention. Luckily, his remarks as well as his sneer were recorded by others, and they are going viral even now.

I have always been a supporter of a free press, but at times like these, one misses the freedom of the press. The press should comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. But that’s hard to do when the comfortable own the press.