Monday, November 28, 2005

"utterly spineless reporting with no edge"

In the New York Review of Books, Michael Massing has published the second of a two-part critique of what he perceives as a catastrophic collapse in print and TV news. Massing assembles heavily discussed themes -- profit motives, White House pressure, the internet -- and synthesizes them into a long, damning critique of everything that's gone wrong in America. It's an intensive, ferocious piece of work, original no matter how much Ken Auletta, Howard Kurtz or Media Matters you've been reading.

Part I is titled The End of News? Part II is The Press: The Enemy Within. They're close to essential reading.

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