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No shortage of editorial comment in reports of years…

February 11, 2010 by  
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The Connecticut Journal” of New Haven, Feb. 15, 1798 contains a report of two new born infants who were left at doorsteps.  In today’s world news reports are given objectively without editorial comment–“just the facts”–whether the news item is horrible, tragic, or jubilant.

But this was not the style years ago. Note the editorial comment within the report. I doubt we would find such comments in today’s newspapers unless they were direct quotes from a person involved. Such reporting style certainly adds much flavor to reports of years ago, and equally interesting reading.

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