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"When screaming headlines turn out to be based on stories that don't support them, the tale of the boy who cried wolf gets new life. When the newspaper is filled with stupid features about celebrities at the expense of hard news, the reader feels patronized. In the process, the critical relationship of reader to newspaper is slowly undermined."
--from NEWS IS A VERB
NEWS IS A VERB
Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century
"With the usual honorable exceptions, newspapers are getting dumber. They are increasingly filled with sensation, rumor, press-agent flackery, and bloated trivialities at the expense of significant facts. The Lewinsky affair was just a magnified version of what has been going on for some time. Newspapers emphasize drama and conflict at the expense of analysis. They cover celebrities as if reporters were a bunch of waifs with their noses pressed enviously to the windows of the rich and famous. They are parochial, square, enslaved to the conventional pieties. The worst are becoming brainless printed junk food. All across the country, in large cities and small, even the better newspapers are predictable and boring. I once heard a movie director say of a certain screenwriter: 'He aspired to mediocrity, and he succeeded.' Many newspapers are succeeding in the same way."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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News Is a Verb
entwined with my life that I can't write about it in a cold, detached
manner. Quite simply, I love newspapers and the men and women who make
them. Newspapers have given me a full, rich life. They have provided me
with a ringside seat at some of the most extraordinary events in my time
on the planet. They have been my university. They have helped feed, house,
and educate my children. I want them to go on and on and on.
The newspaper that gave me my life was the New York Post, as
published by a remarkable, idiosyncratic woman named Dorothy Schiff and
edited by a tough, smart, old-style newspaperman named Paul Sann. I
started there on June 1, 1960, working the night side as a reporter. The
Post was then, and is now, a tabloid. That blunt little noun
has a pejorative quality these days, but "tabloid" really is a neutral
word, describing the shape of the page. "Tabloid" can't, with any
accuracy, describe the style, content, or intentions of
Newsday, the National Enquirer,, the Rocky Mountain News, the New York Daily News, the Boston Herald, the Star, the New York Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, or the Globe. All are published in tabloid format. But the Star, the National Enquirer, and the Globe are supermarket weeklies, whose basic goal is to entertain their readers, usually with tales of celebs-in-trouble. The rest are dailies, engaged in the
traditional effort to inform their readers about their city, their nation,
and the world. All tabloids are different, shaped by separate traditions
and geographies. The daily newspapers that have endured--tablo...