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Outgoing ASNE President Has One Word for Newspaper Critics -- and It Starts with "Bull"

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Outgoing ASNE President Has One Word for Newspaper Critics -- and It Starts with "Bull"

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Dave Zeeck has one word for those who claim newspapers are biased, lazy and out to bring down the country: Bullshit! In blunt comments Tuesday to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Zeeck, editor of the News-Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. and outgoing ASNE president, told his fellow newsroom leaders that the recent efforts by bloggers, right and left-wing commentators, and others to devalue their work in trying times should not deter them. "For a generation or more, we've let others define us. Spiro Agnew comes to mind. Rush Limbaugh and the rest of talk radio, both right and left," he said. "Bloggers who assail us as the MSM, the mainstream media, as if that is a badge that should shame us. You know what they say; we're the liberal media. We're elitists. We're only interested in bad news. We tear people down just to sell newspapers. We have a political agenda. We're unpatriotic." He then added, "How can I put this delicately? If you'll pardon a literary aside. I'll just mention the subject of a recent bestseller: Bullshit!" But, Zeeck also pointed out that much of the poor reputation has gone unchallenged. …

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