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By Pete Hamill

"When screaming headlines develop into according to tales that do not aid them, the story of the boy who cried wolf will get new existence. whilst the newspaper is full of silly positive factors approximately celebrities on the fee of demanding information, the reader feels patronized. within the strategy, the serious dating of reader to newspaper is slowly undermined."
--from information IS A VERB

Journalism on the finish of the 20 th Century

"With the standard honorable exceptions, newspapers have become dumber. they're more and more full of sensation, rumor, press-agent flackery, and bloated minutiae on the rate of vital evidence. The Lewinsky affair was once only a magnified model of what has been occurring for a while. Newspapers emphasize drama and clash on the price of research. They conceal celebrities as though journalists have been a host of waifs with their noses pressed enviously to the home windows of the wealthy and well-known. they're parochial, sq., enslaved to the traditional pieties. The worst have gotten brainless revealed junk nutrients. All around the kingdom, in huge towns and small, even the higher newspapers are predictable and dull. I as soon as heard a film director say of a undeniable screenwriter: 'He aspired to mediocrity, and he succeeded.' Many newspapers are succeeding within the related way."                        

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