There is a line in a song by John Cougar Herbert Walker Bush Mellencamp that always reminds me of Chris Powell:
And hypocrite used to be such a big word to you
And it don’t seem to mean anything to you now
Throughout Powell’s career in journalism hypocrite has remained a big word to him and it’s one reason his columns often take a view counter to conventional wisdom.
Yes, Powell writes in his latest piece, it may be awful that Alden Global Capital now owns Tribune Publishing and the Hartford Courant, but please don’t cry for me Argentina. Powell points out that no one complaining about what the deal means for local journalism was willing to top Alden’s bid so perhaps Alden is the only hope papers like the Courant and chains like Tribune have to survive into the future.