Earlier this week, I talked with Alex Jones about his book, “Losing The News.” In that discussion, I lamented how the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has become a shadow of its former self, with fewer pages, more articles from wire services, and a drop in its subscriber base.

Christopher Ave, political editor at the Post-Dispatch, wasn’t happy with my comments, so I invited him onto KTRS/St. Louis this morning to defend the newspaper. We started off with some analysis of President Obama’s health care reform speech to Congress, and then dove into the economic realities of providing news in print (and on the air), plus the difficulties in monetizing content they’re giving away for free on their website.

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