Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 | Columnist James Goldsborough regrets the diminution of newspapers and, especially, foreign coverage. I regret neither as both have largely served as filters on the news. Even those few who report the news typically find their copy revised by editors who manufacture the “news” from stateside. Maybe there never was a time when the news was accurately described by reporters but I tend to think “reporting” has been gradually replaced by “journalism”— another name for creative writing.

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