Consider these parallels:
What is the purpose of a newspaper?
To establish a network of fact-seekers (correspondents) who pass information to a group of quality control processors (editors) who repackage the information for consumption as articles (and books) for a group of people (readers and other learners) eager to find out what is going on in the world.
What is the purpose of a university?
To establish a network of fact-seekers (researchers and students) who pass on information to a group of quality control processors (faculty members) who repackage the information as articles (and books) for a group of people (students and other learners) eager to find out what is going on in the world.
Then some other wackaloon nutter in the comments complained that this is TEH SUXX0RS because, get this, newspapers are much freer and unbiased discoverers of the truth operating as they do in “the free market”:
We want our biggest newspapers in the free market and miles away from a cosy endowment because we want the fear of God in each and every editor. It’s the only way you will get smart people to cut the pontification and dig up interesting material in whatever beat they are covering.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! What a bunch of fucking maroons! Nice fantasy world these two jokers are living in.
Today’s “journalists” are lazy suck-ups to corporate and government power, who refuse to apply even the slightest critical analysis to corporate and government propaganda that they dutifully transcribe and disseminate. Why do you think Tim Russert’s–favorite “journalist” of Dick Motherfucking Cheney, for fuck’s sake!–death was treated like a state funeral?
These fuckups are not “journalists”; they are courtiers! They have as much interest in “dig[ging] up interesting material” or serving as “fact-seekers” as they do in getting stabbed in the eye with a red hot poker.