“News stories, indeed most media messages, are designed to be as easy to swallow as warm honey. The language is simple. Articles are short. So are sentences. Images are dramatic. Key points are trumpeted in headlines and lead paragraphs. Why would anyone need help to figure out the news? The simple answer is that a great deal of what looks like news and factual information on the Web, cable and broadcast TV, the radio, even in newspapers, really isn’t. Quality journalism is in more trouble than sobriety at a rugby party.”
—John H. McManus, journalist, media critic
and author of Detecting Bull: How to identify bias and junk journalism in print, broadcast and on the wild Web (2012)
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