Barry Ritholtz beautifully sums up the declining newspaper business:
I would argue that mainstream newspapers haven’t just lost readers because of the Internet as an abstract new medium, but that they lost readers because they became – with some exceptions – nothing but official stenographers for the powers-that-be. No wonder people have lost all faith in them.
Years from now, anyone who wants to know why newspapers died need only review the paragraph above. Also, I'm not sure why Barry used the plural form of "exceptions"--he probably meant the New York Times.