Grave News About Journalism

I think our expectations in journalism have always been way too high. It has always been a propaganda tool. My father told me about what the news was in the Third Reich during WW2. My grandfather even told me about what the news was during the Austrian Empire. And I have seen 150-year-old snippets about the press in Austria and France and that does not paint a pretty picture. Even long after the war during Chancellor Kreisky’s reign, we know of stories where the chancellor called up editors of big newspapers telling them what to write. Those who care about objectivity will need to do their own work in deciding what makes sense and what does not. The press won’t do it for us. 

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