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By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted January 21, 2010 at 08:03:25

Here is an interesting take on the struggles of print media, from the Atlantic (via Arts and Letters Daily). Columnist Michael Kinsley argues that print newspaper reports are too long:

Once upon a time, this unnecessary stuff was considered an advance over dry news reporting: don’t just tell the story; tell the reader what it means. But providing “context,” as it was known, has become an invitation to hype. In this case, it’s the lowest form of hype—it’s horse-race hype—which actually diminishes a story rather than enhancing it.

He goes on to argue that the unnecessary lengthening of news reports gives reporters too much license to express their own opinions (he's not talking about op-eds or columnists here).

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