The American Press

A STF reader pointed me to this excllent article published by the New York Review of Books, “The Press: The Enemy Within”. It is an in depth analysis of the shortcomings and liabilities and economic pressures that shape and limit the ability of the American press to effecitvely report on the world around us, or as the author puts it: “the structural problems that keep the press from fulfilling its responsibilities to serve as a witness to injustice and a watchdog over the powerful.”

This is in depth background material. Nothing terribly new here, just assembled in one place and coherently analyzed. We all know that overseas reporting by major American television networks has shrunk to almost nothing… but it helps when you can frame this in terms of specific numbers (per his figures re: CBS’s current and former staffing of it’s international news bureaus).