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Thomas Griffith
(1915-2002) born on
Dec 30
US writer, editor. He worked for Time Inc. for 30 years and was known in the organization as the "house liberal;" wrote "The Waist-High Culture," 1959.
         
   
F
Journalism is in fact history on the run.

R
The news is staged, anticipated, reported, analyzed until all interest is wrung from it and abandoned for some new novelty.
A
Journalism constructs momentarily arrested equilibriums and gives disorder an implied order. That is already two steps from reality.
N
As the final step, pollsters tell us how the public reacted to it, which becomes the agreed version whether the event itself was a flop or a success.
K
Editors may think of themselves as dignified headwaiters in a well-run restaurant but more often [they] operate a snack bar . . . and expect you to be grateful that at least they got the food to the table warm.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Waist-High Culture, 1959
R: "Selling an Agreed Version" in "Time," 30 Dec 85
A: How True: A Skeptic's Guide to Believing the News," Atlantic-Little, Brown 74
N: "Selling an Agreed Version" in "Time," 30 Dec 85
K: How True: A Skeptic's Guide to Believing the News," Atlantic-Little, Brown 74
   


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