The real reason the news business is in trouble…

Too many Americans would rather watch Paris Hilton or learn about Anna Nicole Smith.

How do I know that? Cause there is a reason why CNN and Fox kept playing AnnaNews all day long a few weeks back. They do focus groups. They know what people are watching and just how much of something they are watching.

All the discussion today about whether newspapers are dead or aren’t won’t solve that one.

Today’s top headline in the local paper? Above everything else? Foodblogging.

Is that REALLY the most important thing in the world today? Hell, I’m a blog evangelist and even I don’t think that if you really pressed me on it.