Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Hindsight on Romantic Haze

When particular press misjudges a major turn of events, right-wingers in particular are apt to suspect a liberal bias. That charge infuriates press professionals who think they know how to put aside whatever political opinions they have when going after a story. The reason the press misjudged some events in Poland, Egypt and Nicaragua is more complicated. It was less a case of bias than of mindset, to apply a clumsy but useful vogue word.

In Poland, the mind-set was that the army would not act against the Polish people. Never mind that...

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