The article asks:

"... if the news desert is somehow equivalent to a loss of press freedom? On the national level, countries with the most press freedom are usually the least corrupt, and countries with the least press freedom are the most corrupt. Today in the United States there are far fewer professional journalists covering the local political beats. Nationwide, newspaper staffing has dropped 45 percent (from 71,640 to 39,210) since 2004. And the number of newspaper journalists fell from 52,000 in 2008 to about 25,000 in 2017."

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