One hundred years ago, Teddy Roosevelt said that it was not the critic who counts, but rather those who strive, err, and “fail while daring greatly.”
Roosevelt’s words came to me earlier this week, when The Messenger’s long-predicted demise became reality. A website once teeming with daily articles and op-eds is now a blank page with an e-mail address. And many of the company’s critics, who correctly predicted that its business and revenue models would fail, are now pouncing.
It’s easy to criticize failure, especially high-profile failure. And in the era of media outlets losing money,…