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The Baltimore Sun

A.J. Liebling, writing in 1947:

“I think that anybody who talks often with people about newspapers nowadays must be impressed by the growing distrust of the information they contain. There is less of a disposition to accept what they say than to try to estimate the probable truth on the basis of what they say, like aiming a rifle that you know has a deviation to the right. Even a report in a Hearst newspaper can be of considerable aid in arriving at a deduction if you know enough about (a) Hearst policy and (b) the degree of abjectness of the correspondent signing the report.”

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