The Nation: Good News

Journalists often seem obsessed with the sensational—war protests, riots, burning ghettos, crime, immorality, drugs—all the nation's fractures and cancers. Why is so little ever said or broadcast about quiet progress, small decencies, the things that are "right with America"?

The text seems to be taken from Spiro Agnew. Ironically, one of the nation's most effective black leaders has now made the same criticism. In the more incendiary days of black militance, says the Rev. Jesse Jackson, head of Chicago's Operation Breadbasket, the nation's press was like an electrocardiogram, recording every spasm. Recently Jackson fought unsuccessfully through the courts to win a place...

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