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A taxonomy of press criticism

The best, and perhaps only, way to maintain a press that is both free of government and corporate control, and yet responsible to the demand that it function to propagate a democratic society and its attendant culture, is to encourage the growth and flourishing of a robust, public, and intellectually probing body of criticism around […]

Leo Rosten: the intellectual’s principal complaints about the media (1960)

In a 1960 article in Daedalus, Leo Rosten spoke up for intellectuals in criticism of the American press. “A great deal of what appears in the mass media is dreadful tripe and treacle,” he wrote, “inane in content, banal in style, muddy in reasoning, mawkish in sentiment, vulgar, naive, and offensive to men of learning […]