"Journalism only tells us what men are doing; it is fiction that tells us what they are thinking, and still more what they are feeling. If a new scientific theory finds the soul of a man in his dreams, at least it ought not to leave out his day-dreams. And all fiction is only a diary of day-dreams instead of days. And this profound preoccupation of men's minds with certain things always eventually has an effect even on the external expression of the age."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
(1874-1936) British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist
Illustrated London News, 1922
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 -- Anonymous      
Hunter S. Thompson displayed perfectly the difference between Journalism and reporting. When you report the only thing matters is the facts. Unlike Fox News who puts a right wing make believe spin on every story they encounter. They should be ashamed of themselves. Sick and disgusting.
 -- L. Hanson, Edmonton, Canada     
    L. Hanson, I have great hopes for Canada and then I read tripe that you write. I'm not a big Fox fan but they are a lot closer to fair reporting than CNN, The new York Times, Public Radio, and nearly all of the rest of the liberal controlled media. Actually, Canada's Prime Minister is a far better leader than the Muslim currently sitting in our Oval Office.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Looks like Hanson has demonstrated the quote quite well. Great Kool Aid, eh? The Canadian CBC News is completely regulated by Ottawa, there is no 1st Amendment to prevent the government to make laws that restrict speech, and the CBC is very limited as to what 'facts' they may broadcast. Journalism has gone underground because the real 'facts' go against all the propaganda that condition the minds of folks like Hanson who would not recognize his bias if he were looking in a mirror. The media always slants their stories to further their owners' agenda, and every reader/viewer should take that into consideration. The concern ought to be not that there are differing and conflicting opinions, but that there are not! The media is becoming more and more centralized with about 20 people deciding what hundreds of millions will see. Considering that Disney now owns the largest chunk of media corporations in the world, we can expect more 'Disneyworld' -- fake, plastic, made for children, and not worth the price of admission.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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