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  • It means that good journalistic coverage of a person with different views should please the person being reported on, because his views are being treated seriously and explained to others.

    Consider: "Mr. Hitler belives that Jews are a "cancer" on Germany, one that must be aggressively dealt with. He also believes the restitution following the Great War was profoundly unfair, and that no self-respecting government can allow it to stand."

    Straightfoward reporting. The subject's views have been portrayed as accurately and fairly as possible, and he is quite satisfied that his message has been conveyed. Meanwhile, the world has been warned.
    • Meanwhile, thanks to Woodward and Bernstein, patron saints of Journalist as Deliverer of Worlds, good luck finding a journalist who wants to present the facts as accurately and fairly as possible. Instead, we have a wearying parade of scent of scandal, perfume of peccadillo, and l'eau du self-righteous conspiracy buster and hero of the (and now a word from our sponsor) little guy.

      I'm not sure where the "Oh no, today is the end of history!!" histrionics come from, nor the short attention span "Don't remem

    • "rather than its worldly ramifications"