Quote of the day

The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism. – Carl Bernstein who celebrates his 73rd birthday today.

He also said:

For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal.

And:

The greatest felony in the news business today is to be behind, or to miss a big story. So speed and quantity substitute for thoroughness and quality, for accuracy and context.

And:

The pressure to compete, the fear somebody else will make the splash first, creates a frenzied environment in which a blizzard of information is presented and serious questions may not be raised.

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