Archive: Sep 1998

Fall 1998: Serving the Poor Introduction

By Serving the Poor September 15, 1998

“I think a strong argument can be made that the residents of [poorer] areas are severely disadvantaged—as citizens, as workers, as consumers—by the lack of serious coverage from television and the lack of local coverage of their neighborhoods by newspapers,” said Maxwell King former Editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The reason, of course, is that the media, regardless of their claims of serving all the people, aim for the affluent, the audience that advertisers seek. It would seem, then, that if newspapers want to expand readership they would be worried about the growing gap between the rich and the poor. Read more

A Reader’s View: Novelists Outdo Journalists

By Books September 15, 1998

After years of self-satisfied isolation, Indonesia finds itself exposed on the world’s financial pages and, occasionally, on front pages. The last time journalists paid so much attention to this immense, complex and fascinating country was 30 years ago when blood … Read more

The Triumph Of Text

By Technology September 15, 1998

I’m not very good at prognostication, although I have had my moments. I predicted in January of 1992 that Bill Clinton would become president. (I have witnesses, I swear.) I predicted that the Denver Broncos would win last year’s Super … Read more

Responsibility to Be Honest

By Books September 15, 1998

From November 1936, when Life magazine’s first issue appeared, until it stopped publication as a weekly in 1972, 88 of the most innovative and revered photographers found, at one time or another, a home for their oftentimes groundbreaking photography. “Life … Read more

Scorned Tabloid Lover Bares His Bitterness

By Books September 15, 1998

News Is A VerbPete Hamill Library of Contemporary Thought. 102 Pages. $8.95.In the flood of literature lamenting the demise of good journalism, this 102-page book is a small gem. I do not say this because Pete Hamill, author and … Read more

Verifying Truth in Data Deluge

Books September 15, 1998

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. We should not kid ourselves by thinking that other people and institutions cannot gather and distribute crucial information. They can, they are, and they will. We are being backed into … Read more