Books

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

A Newsman’s Style as Envoy in Africa

By Books June 15, 1998

When one thinks of how an ambassador’s career gets started, a rocky beach and seagulls don’t likely come to mind. But this is how Smith Hempstone, a former Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Times and 1965 Nieman Fellow, says he first … Read more

Scoop Artist Who Isn’t a Journalist

By Books June 15, 1998

“Born to see; meant to look.” That’s the personal motto taken from Goethe’s “Faust” that Peter Drucker, the legendary thinker and management expert, uses to describe his profession. An observer, not a participant. Almost like a … Read more

Questioning the Press’s Adversarial Tone

By Books June 15, 1998

The Argument Culture: Moving from Debate to Dialogue Deborah Tannen Random House. 348 Pages. $25.“The Battle of the Sexes,” “Telecommunications Price Wars,” “Democrats Send Clinton into Battle for Second Term,” “A Classic Match-up: It’s only the opening … Read more