"All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else." -- H.L. Mencken
Of course he qualified it with the word "successful," but would that it were true of more newspapers today. We would still be facing the revenue problems brought on by the Internet and our own complacency, but we would be doing it with a feistier spirit.