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托尼·布莱尔:“祖国未来”系列(五)
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托尼·布莱尔在“祖国的未来”系列中关于二十一世纪政治与媒体变幻关系的演讲:托尼·布莱尔向大家讲述现在媒体对新闻事实的报道与评论的混淆,当今媒体报道为达到某些效果或自身利益而大肆渲染,使得公众对新闻工作者的信赖程度与对政客们同样低。

In turn, this leads to a fifth point which is: the confusion of news and commentary. Comment is a perfectly respectable part of journalism, but it is supposed to be separate. Opinion and fact should be clearly divisible. The truth is a large part of the media today not merely elides the two but does so now as a matter of course. In other words, this is not exceptional, it is routine.

The metaphor for this genre of modern journalism is the Independent newspaper. Let me state at the outset it is a well-edited lively paper and is absolutely entitled to print what it wants, how it wants, on the Middle East or anything else. But it was started as an antidote to the idea of journalism as views not news. That was why it was called the Independent you remember. Today it is avowedly a viewspaper not merely a newspaper.

The final consequence of all of this is that it is rare today to find the balance in the media. Things, people, issues, stories, are all black and white. Life's usual grey is almost entirely absent. Some good, some bad; some things going right, some going wrong: these are concepts alien to much of today's reporting. It’s a triumph or a disaster. A problem is 'a crisis’; a setback is a policy 'in tatters', a criticism, and ‘a savage attack'.

And that is in turn the NGOs and pundits know that unless they are prepared to go over the top, they shouldn't go out at all .Talk to any public service leader, especially, for example, in the NHS or the field of law and order, and they will tell you not that they mind the criticism, but they become totally demoralised by the completely unbalanced nature of it.

Now it is becoming worse? Again, I would say, yes. In my 10 years, I've noticed all these elements evolve with ever greater momentum.

It used to be thought, and I include myself in this, that help was on the horizon. New forms of communication would provide new outlets to by-pass the increasingly shrill tenor of the traditional media. In fact, the new forms can be even more pernicious, less balanced, more intent on the latest conspiracy theory multiplied by five.

But here is also the opportunity. At present, we are all being dragged down by the way media and public life interact. Trust in journalists is not much above that in politicians. There is a market in providing serious, balanced news. Yet, there is a desire for impartiality. The way that people get their news may be changing; but the thirst for the news being real news is not.

The media, of course, understandably in a way will fear any retreat from impact will mean diminishing sales. But the opposite can be the case, they need to re-assert their own selling point in this new communications age: the distinction between news and comment, and there is inevitably change on its way.

1.elide
解析:省略;删去
e.g. This vowel is usually elided before a single consonant.
2.routine
解析:例行公事;日常工作;惯例;惯常的程序
e.g. As soon as she learns the office routine she will be an excellent assistant.
3.antidote
解析:解毒药;解毒剂;对抗手段,矫正方法
e.g. He took an antidote for the poison.
antidote to complacency.
4.avowedly
解析:公然地;明确地
e.g. Their policy has been avowedly Marxist.
5.NGO
解析:Non-government Organization 非政府组织
6.pundit
解析:权威人士,专家
7.pernicious
解析:有害的,有毒的;恶性的,致命的;坏的,邪恶
e.g. Smoking is a pernicious habit.
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