Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Reporters with borders

Financial Times:

For years, the Bush administration whittled away the rules regulating the broadband industry in the belief that booming demand for fast internet service would create a flurry of competition among wireless and cable companies to provide broadband services.
The competition the Bush administration believed would flourish under deregulation failed to materialise.

This might prompt a professional journalist to question whether what the Bush administration "believed" was in fact identical to what the Bush administration said it believed, since other explanations -- that the Bush administration was acting on behalf of particular firms within the industry, for example -- are also plausible.

In fairness to journalists, they aren't the only ones duty-bound to dodge the truth, from time to time, in pursuit of successful careers.

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