Saturday, April 23, 2005

Words to Live By

"It's only a newspaper. It eventually comes to this: Journalism itself is inadequate to tell this story. Like recorded music, which is only a facsimile of music, journalism is a substitute, a stand-in. It's what we call on when we can't know something firsthand. It's not reality, but a version of reality, and both daily deadlines and limited space make even the best journalism a reductionist version of reality."

-- Daniel Okrent, Public Editor
"The Hottest Button: How The Times Covers Israel and Palestine"
The New York Times
April 24, 2005


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