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41. During the 1956 presidential election
I was nine. My father pointed out to me that the papers tended to print pictures of Eisenhower looking relaxed and smiling but pictures of Stevenson looking tense or frowning. I was horrified by how unfair it sounded and didn't want to believe him, but once my attention had been drawn to it I couldn't help realizing it was true.

That was a moment of extraordinary disillusionment for me, not only in the news media but in the American system as a whole. It was like finding out there is no Santa Claus.

A few years later, my mother told me about how during the Spanish Civil War the New York Times would regularly refer to the Republican forces as being aided by the Soviet Union but would never mention that Franco's forces had help from Germany and Italy. She said it was because they didn't want to offend their advertisers and that it was only thanks to George Seldes that she knew the real scoop.

In the early 70's, I gave up on the Times and most other mainstream news sources over their coverage of Vietnam War protests. And in the Reagan era, it became obvious that they had very little will to oppose the government on any grounds. But I've never seen things as bad as they are now.
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