Journalism, according to the renowned media scholar and historian Sean Hannity, is dead.
Of course, the Fox News host and Donald Trump disciple also described White House press secretary Sean Spicer's opening-day debacle as "awesome."
No, journalism is far from dead - as anybody who has followed the investigative reporting of The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold, for one, can attest - but it sure has taken a number of body blows. And some are self-inflicted.
One of the worst: the sharp drop in public trust. Now, with a media-bashing president presenting a threat to press freedom, we need to get it back.
"Maybe this situation calls for a return to the old view, which asks for less analysis and more reporting, less personality and more facts," said David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who spent 25 years in Washington with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for history-conscious political columns.