The Press: The Whole Truth?

What is truth in the news? Many a newsman puts his answer in a handy formula : stick to the facts of speech, happening or pressagent's handout, let the reader supply his own background information on the story (if he has any) and call it "objective journalism." This week in the Atlantic Monthly, ABC Network Commentator Elmer Davis, wartime boss of the OWI and a first-rate newshand himself, takes the formula apart. "Truth has three dimensions," says Davis, yet the "practices of the American news business—practices adopted in a praiseworthy ambition to be objective—too often give us only one-dimensional news,...

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