The Wire: RIP Butchie

With "



The Wire

's fifth season really starts moving into serious territory.


makes his play to get Omar to surface, McNulty gets an extra set of hands to help him dig his career's own grave, and Clay Davis starts looking very vulnerable (

has some nice thoughts on that matter).

Elsewhere, the

San Francisco Chronicle

noticed what the show's creators have been saying for years: that the

The Wire

has the

(scroll halfway down). (To be fair,

noticed, too.)

checks in with one of those emerging actors,


continues its ongoing chat of the show between



correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg and Slate deputy editor David Plotz, even if it alternates between fanboy ramblings and actual discussion (not that there's anything wrong with

, mind you). What's been most illuminating about this discussion is that it's the journalism plot line that frequently is the central bone being picked--a story line that the

New York Times

' David Carr, in his Jan. 21 media column, "

," also feels that the show--and, specifically, co-creator David Simon--only gets half right. Carr quotes from Simon's Jan. 20

Washington Post

editorial, titled "

," and correctly identifies Simon's central tenet: that it was newspapers that let down readers before the readers left newspapers for the internet. Carr doesn't entirely buy it, but Simon's argument certainly offers a journalism business model where big media's corporate changes in the 1990s parallel the institutional decline

The Wire

has covered in law enforcement, the blue-collar industry of the port, and public education.

Even though some people just aren't buying Simon's nostalgia for the good old days of newspapering, at least even the Slate guys stopped typing about it for a moment in the wake of the

Los Angeles Times

firing of editor Jim O'Shea--allegedly over budget cuts, according to

--and the inevitable

posts have already started.

As for this post's headline, well, Marlo, Chris, and Snoop, you have now undoubtedly earned whatever is about to come your way. Let's not forget what the horrid demise of Brandon Wright wrought in Season 1.

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