Polarizing the Press
"Bad News" by Richard A. Posner, in The New York Times Book Review (July 31, 2005), 229 West 43rd St., New York, N.Y. 10036.
The once-dominant "mainstream" news media now get whacked from both political sides. Conservatives repeatedly rail against their liberal bias ("Dan Rather!"), while liberals deplore their descent into sensationalism and willingness to serve as an echo chamber for the irresponsible Right ("Swift Boat Veterans!"). Both critiques are "basically correct," argues Posner, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge. The source of the problem (if it is a problem) is increased competition--and a public that doesn't want what journalists and other high-minded sorts like to …
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Publication information: Article title: Polarizing the Press. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: The Wilson Quarterly. Volume: 29. Issue: 4 Publication date: Autumn 2005. Page number: 96. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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