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This review is from: Press Gang: The True Story of How Papers Make Profits from Propaganda (Hardcover)
professor greenslade has pulled off a great feat.for those of us who follow his utterances weekly in the guardian on the diverse challenges facing the media it willc ome as no surprise that this book pulls no punches. not for him the glib acceptance that newspapers are better, per se, than yesteryear because they are bigger. no, the professor argues the opposite. namely, that newspapers were more responsible and altogether more infleuntial when they were smaller. not excluding his own newspaper from stinging criticism, in itself an act of admirable bravery, he says we shoudl learn from the past that small can be better, though not always. turning to himself he admits he has made mistakes, such as by believing he could master the late Robert maxwell when he ended up, as he admits, a mere stooge at the helm of the Daily Mirror. Unlike too many people in public life the professor says he was wrong to take thsi job and regrets all he did as editor of the Mirror. Leaving with what he calls a barrow full of money the professor resolved never again to play second fiddle or sell out. thus he has become the finest critic of our media and this book is his testament. bravo!
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