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Sun Mar 31, 2019, 07:37 AM

42. History Lesson about a "complete and authentic resume of the report"

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... With his modern sense of public relations, he understood brilliantly that what matters, often, is less the substance of a political event than how the public perceives it. He also knew that journalists dread having to digest a long official report when writing against a tight deadline.

Every major paper received a document with a cover letter explaining that it was a "complete and authentic resume of the report". Delighted, nearly all the newspapers published the summary. Again and again it took major points in the report and "summarized" them beyond recognition.

The next few days they realized that the so-called summary had little to do with the report. ...

These slightly truncated words about a corrupt leader of a country misleading the press, is a story from the beginning of the last century, described in the very good book "King Leopold's Ghost":


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