Arno - Chapter 08
Politicians, bureaucrats, generals, and so on, are often shocked —
shocked! — by the cheeky, oppositional nature of news coverage that
always seems to focus on what goes wrong and can serve to undermine the
efforts of those in power. For example, Ari Fleischer, former press
secretary in the second Bush administration, says in his memoir, Taking
Heat, "the overly adversarial nature of the press and the relentless
quest for conflict are creating a divide between writer and reader,
reporter and viewer, journalist and source," and he adds that, "bad
news travels through the press with a greater velocity and intensity
than good news" and "bad news stories can stretch for days and weeks,"
while "good news stories are often one-day events" (Fleischer 2005: 99).