Newswatch Thomas Griffith: From Monitor to Public Echo

Newswatch

If it has been an unsatisfactory election campaign, with issues sloganized more than argued, the melancholy state of affairs says something about the decline of the power of the press. It has been much less effective this time as the self-appointed monitor of political campaigns, stirring up the issues, keeping each side honest and the facts straight. Those who say the press is all-powerful (it is mostly said by the enemies of the press) cannot prove it by election year 1984.

In more solemn moments, the press likes to proclaim its devotion to the...

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