No matter how you feel about the P-I or the decline of newspapers in general, this video of today's announcement that the P-I will be put up for sale is heartbreaking:
Watch the man in the background. That's David McCumber, the P-I's managing editor, fidgeting, rubbing his eyes, trying to hold it together. The sound of the police scanner still going, and of the phones still ringing, while the man from Hearst tells everyone that it's over for the paper as they know it. You want to say it's like something out of season five of The Wire, which it is, but of course the video was recorded (digitally, another one of those signs) just this afternoon, only a few miles from where you're sitting right now.
A newspaper that's existed in this city since 1863 has, most likely, only 60 more days.