August 30, 2002

Elite versus homespun media…

About an editorial in the Indianapolis Star–“Get the Facts Before Attacking Iraq”–William Powers writes:

“The entire piece had an evenhandedness that’s rare in top media circles, where savvy players know to trim their arguments in one ideological direction or the other — otherwise you lack a certain edge.”

Powers argues that discussions of civic importance get a fairer and fuller consideration in the media hinterlands than in Washington D.C. or New York where “every national argument inevitably devolves into a game in which the players try to maximize their own visibility and perceived influence over events.” Interesting read. (via MediaMinded)

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