Comments on: Our national pastime: Press criticism http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/04/10/our-national-pastime-press-criticism/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: WilliamMallard http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/04/10/our-national-pastime-press-criticism/#comment-14111 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:01:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1539#comment-14111 Fascinating. What would Camus think now?

(You want “who,” not “whom,” in “whom he thought were scoundrels.”)

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By: dbuck http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/04/10/our-national-pastime-press-criticism/#comment-14110 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:42:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1539#comment-14110 I can’t find the original White quote (a rare Google fail), which I wrote down years ago, misspelling one word. He must have meant “the infirmities and unfairness,” not the “affirmities and unfairness. White was not one for nonce words. Dan

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By: dbuck http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/04/10/our-national-pastime-press-criticism/#comment-14109 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:29:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1539#comment-14109 Jack,

Here is E.B. White, writing in 1948:

“Mr. [Henry] Wallace has had a great deal to say about the affirmities and the unfairness of the American press, and we have taken most of his remarks lying down. He keeps saying that you can’t learn the truth from newspapers. We agree. You can’t learn the truth from newspapers. You can, however, buy at any newsstand a ten-cent assortment of biassed and unbiased facts and fancies and reports and opinions, and from them you are allowed to try to assemble something that is a reasonable facsimile of the truth. And that’s the way we like it, too.”

White also believed that society was better off with a multiplicity of newspapers — in those days they were called newspapers; today they’re known as media outlets, or some such — with a multiplicity of viewpoints and opinions. I do think he would have approved of the Internet. Multiplicity to the nth degree. Dan

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By: MIKEROL http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/04/10/our-national-pastime-press-criticism/#comment-14108 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:28:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1539#comment-14108 Interesting column that itself stands in need of adumbration. Indeed CJR and AJR are part of my diet when I have the time as was Jack when he had his Pressbox at Slate, and I take Jack’s word for it for the other names and organs he cites since I occasionally find some of them useful. To try to put it succinctly: with the amount of propaganda and distortion and politically correct writing that is published even by the major news outlets, the amount of needed correction is always lagging behind. Lagging behind, too, is what is called “critique of ideology” and “critique of interest” that gets a bit deeper to certain inbuilt distortions of news reporting. One instance of the kind of ganging up in reporting that I followed closely was the way the disintegration of Yugoslavia was so one-sidedly covered by US news outlets. I have found that it takes an inordinate amount of work for me to be halfway certain that I have a good handle on a story. Then there is that constant shower of scandals of all kinds… major in the instance of the banking industry… minor in matters of the sex lives of celebrities and politicians…

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