All the news that’s fit

Trading favorable coverage for access is commonplace among journalists who cover politicians. John Burns, a New York Times reporter and apparently a principled man, complains that in Saddam Hussain’s Iraq that routine variety of corruption turned into something pretty horrible: “There Is Corruption in Our Business”. Cozy relationships are only one of the ways in which journalism falsifies reality, but in a media-driven age they’re worth bearing in mind.

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