Warren Adler

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A Rant From the Confused

Posted on: March 26th, 2011 by Warren Adler 6 Comments

I’m confused.

I listen carefully to what our leaders feed the media. I watch them on television. I read their words on numerous Internet sites. Because I was once in the public relations business I do understand parsing, spin, slant, timing, and story placement.

In fact, I orchestrated it on more than one occasion. It was my job and I understand the mechanics of information manipulation. Indeed, the march of technology has made it even more possible to manipulate masses of people, especially the discouraged young, to rock concert frenzies and protestations. Unfortunately it is a doubled-edged sword.

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The Terrorists Speak

Posted on: April 26th, 2010 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

As a former newspaper editor and reporter I am always intrigued at the decisions made by editors and reporters in the placement and writing of stories.

In a recent issue of the New York Times a chilling story appeared buried on page 15 that, in my opinion, deserved far more prominence than it received. I suppose I should have registered my complaint with the official Times ombudsman, but then if it was heeded at all it would have been relegated to the limbo of a journalistic slush pile.

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