Adams: The Local Press as a Bad Habit

…mediocre coverage creates mediocre leaders, and mediocre leaders produce mediocre work. It encourages them to do less and try less, to settle for shoddy arguments and flimsy claims. Worse, it plays to the vanities of weak-minded officials: they eagerly lap the syrupy concoctions that toadying reporters too gladly serve.

A newspaper story should have some better use than as a page in an official’s scrapbook….


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