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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 ac
    • 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 remember what it's like to be wrong every day" syndrome that's spread far beyond the fairly useless weather reporting. "Dem chicken bones, dey never lie: a high of 72 and a low of 48 with a low pressure system expected for the weekend."

      Don't get me wrong. At least they sometimes interview the people they misquote. That makes them slightly more respectable than "we ARE the news" news webloggers. If TV news is porn without the naked people, news webloggers are fat, ugly amateurs you accidentally stumble across when mistyping a URL and you wonder "Wow, why are there people posting 'U R HOT LOL' on this message board?"

      Anyway, I don't think that journalists think people are stupid. I think they don't think about people much at all.