The Press: The Ten Best American Dailies

Nowhere else can one find so miscellaneous, so various an amount of knowledge as is contained in a good newspaper. —Henry Ward Beecher, 1887

Fair enough, but what is a good newspaper? It does not help to reverse Beecher's apothegm and define a good newspaper as one that prints a miscellaneous, various amount of knowledge. All papers do that. But if the knowledge is undigested, or simply wrong, more is not better. Journalistic quality is thornier matter. A newspaper in its variety may be superb and terrible at the same time, even on the...

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