The Washington Blade, the weekly newspaper that chronicled the coming-out of the capital's gay community, was born amid the idealism of 1960s street protests. Monday, the paper died, victim of the unforgiving realities of the nation's sagging newspaper industry.I ordinarily don't comment on developments beyond the narrow scope of this site, but I find that I can't overlook the closure of the Washington Blade and its sister publications. Unfortunately, I don't know the newspaper's distinguished history. (Perhaps a reader can post a comment?) I know just that I have depended on its reporters for their exceptional thoroughness and attention to detail when covering recent D.C. Council hearings on the D.C. Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009. Their obvious professionalism leaves a void that can't be filled - unless, as the Post reports, the Blade reporters form their own newspaper.
As a law librarian and blogger, I depend on local newspapers like the Blade for news I can find nowhere else, and for in-depth reporting mainstream media can't match. Their loss further impoverishes public debate about the most critical issues of our time.