25 December 2008

Cure for News Industry: Fire 70% of your editors

Such is the recommendation of Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter with the New Yorker.

Asked in an interview by Faisal Abbas of the Arab press about the state of investigative journalism in the U.S., Hersh responded:

In America, it is collapsing. Economically it's a disaster. I have an easy fix for the problems regarding reporting in America; I would get rid of 70 per cent of the editors. You see it is always the more cautious people that get promoted and the more aggressive people who do not because they are harder to control.

Gawd, how I'd love to see the mavericks in charge!

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