Foreign coverage down from 20 to 5 percent

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From Marginal Revolution comes this summary of an interesting 1999 study by Carl Stepp, as reported in Breach of Faith (Univ. of Arkansas, 2002). Newspapers today as compare with the early 1960s devote less space to foreign coverage (20 percent down to 5 percent), which might suggest less support for imperial ambitions abroad. Of course, it might also suggest public indifference. In any case, this comment from Stepp’s study is interesting: “Papers of the 1960s [as compared with today] seem naively trusting of government, shamelessly boosterish, unembarrassedly hokey, and obliging.”

11:51 am on September 25, 2003