If you’re like us, you’ve watched with a combination of morbid curiosity and outright annoyance at the Washington Post’s downward trajectory over the past several years.

And if you’re like New York Times media columnist Ben Smith, you’ve been living on Earth 2.

After WaPo executive editor Marty Baron announced his retirement yesterday:

This was Smith’s take:

If that’s been one of the really great stories in U.S. journalism, then U.S. journalism is in even worse shape than we thought.

Like, how can you not laugh?

Just amazing.

Ah. May. Zing.

Democracy Dies in Fits of Uncontrollable Laughter.