As the attacks on journalism worsen, a few publications stand strong against the onslaught.
The New York Times recently ran a special section detailing the Trump administration's assaults on the American environment, more hazardous than his bombs against the media.
With photos and articles, the special section documented how Trump is reversing a century of gains made during Democratic and Republican administrations. Some of the most important advances came under Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. With Ronald Reagan, the GOP began its dismal record of favoring corporations over clean air and water.
With print media endangered, the Times special section reminded readers of the special power of type and photographs on paper that a screen can't match.
But I turned to my e-reader for a revealing, disturbing two-part series on California published by the New York Review of Books.
Writer Michael Greenberg, whose essays on New York City life I enjoyed years ago in the Times Literary Supplement, examined in the first piece the dangerous lives of Mexican migrant workers who make possible California's agricultural economy. Long hours gathering produce harms them physically, and they then suffer ICE harassment in their private lives, even if American citizens.
In the second piece, which shows the underside of California's reputation as the progressive center of resistance to Trump, Greenberg looks at how restrictive housing policies and anti-tax movements led to deep economic inequality in the state. While poverty has declined globally, according to The Wall Street Journal, childhood poverty has soared in the so-called golden state. Even a large percentage of Californians with regular jobs must sleep in their cars, Greenberg finds.
While California's high tech industry has made many wealthy, a large number of Californians struggle to survive. Poverty is as much a part of California as Mississippi.
The New York Times and New York Review of Books reports give dire warnings for the country's future. Without major changes in public policy, the country faces environmental ruin and devastating economic disparities.