The Press: What's Wrong?

What's wrong with the U.S. press? With circulation and ad revenue at a peak, few editors and publishers seem to be in any mood for selfcriticism. But last week, in the Saturday Review, Editor Louis B. Seltzer of Cleveland's afternoon Press (circ. 309,685), one of the country's top journalists, found plenty wrong with newspapers.

Seltzer noted a switch in the roles of the newspapers, "once primarily concerned with fact and opinion," and the magazines, which once dealt mainly in fiction and features. "The magazines gradually became the instruments of original reporting, crusading, investigative...

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