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January 2013

The future of the press

by Keith Windschuttle

On government regulation, media bias, and the challenges of the digital age.

Original image by Wikimedia Commons user France3470.

The future of the press is critical to all liberal democratic societies because it is still our most important source of political and social news. By the press, I mean the morning, mostly broadsheet, dailies in the large capital cities of virtually all Western countries. Of course, the morning newspapers no longer have anything near the largest audiences of the news media, dwarfed especially by television, but by and large they still set the news agenda that most of the others follow. Their editors decide what are the main stories that people will read that day, and they provide the editorial framework within which the other older and newer medi ...

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Keith Windschuttle's latest book is The White Australia Policy (Macleay Press). His website is

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 January 2013, on page 22

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