Sunday, January 08, 2006

Ex-magazine editor suggests newspapers take the high road -- even if to oblivion


Author Joseph Epstein was born and educated in Chicago. He was a lecturer in English and writing at Northwestern University from 1974 to 2002 and editor of the Phi Beta Kappa society magazine American Scholar from 1975 to 1997. He has published numerous books of essays and short fiction. is work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly. He lives in Chicago.

He writes, "My own preference would be for a few serious newspapers to take the high road: to smarten up instead of dumbing down, to honor the principles of integrity and impartiality in their coverage, and to become institutions that even those who disagreed with them would have to respect for the reasoned cogency of their editorial positions. I imagine such papers directed by editors who could choose for me -- as neither the Internet nor I on my own can do -- the serious issues, questions, and problems of the day and, with the aid of intelligence born of concern, give each the emphasis it deserves.


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