The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, March 21, 1978-Page 5
Journalist claims newspaper
'supermarketing' molds lives
By HENRY ENGELHARDT
Wake up, America! Saul Friedman is
ticked off, disgusted, rather angry, and
he cannot understand why America is
sleeping through the 70s.
A Washington reporter for Knight-
Ridder newspapers, a chain that in-
cludes the Detroit Free Press, Fried-
man said newspapers today are "super-
marketing" the news.
"NEWS TODAY is pre-packaged,"
he remarked to journalism students in
the Rackham Building yesterday. "You
get a section on how to be a woman, a
section on what to do on the weeken-
ends ... it's Farah-Fawcett journalism.
"They think that's what you are, cool,
fast, pre-packaged - television in
print. It's this kind of journalism that's
giving fits to serious reporters. Super-
marketing journalism twists and per-
verts the newspaper industry," he con-
"I have in my office, besides plants
and papers, a gas mask, to remind me
that politics and decisions were not
always made in the halls of Congress,'
added Friedman, who has been a
Washington reporter since 1966. He
worked first for the Free Press and has
spent the last three years writing for
the entire Knight-Ridder chain.
."I GREW UP in journalism with a
whole new group of journalists who did
not just take the authoritarian view of
things, but went further," he said.
Friedman is mad at everybody -
publishers, editors, reporters and
readers - for allowing journalism to
corrode and lose its impact.
To Friedman, journalists' efforts in
Watergate and Koreagate are not
enough. "It's an open secret that Bert
Lance was the victim of an otherwise
dull summer," the 48-year-old reporter
FRIEIDMAN IS also worried.
Worried about falling newspaper sales
and the fact that 18-to-30-year-olds are
not reading newspapers like their
parents did. Part of the problem, he
said, stems from television.
"Is TV making people lazy, benign?"
he asked. "All that pretty color and
pretty music and all you have to do is
just take it in."
"You have to work to read a
newspaper. Is TV numbing the mind of
"IF YOU DON'T read a newspaper
because it doesn't speak to you and
have a pretty picture - if that's true
then all my arguments die. And so does
His argument is almost an appeal. He
said he would like the American public
not to believe this is the apathetic
"My fear," Friedman explained, "is
that newspapers will continue to pander
to what they perceive is an ignorant and
lazy populus, and that prophecy will be
fulfilled even further."
FRIEDMAN said much of the blame
must fall on the shoulders of the public
for believing this is a time to be passive.
He compared today's situation with
that of the early 50s, after World War II
- about the time McCarthy stepped on
MARCH OF DIMES
THIS SPACE CONTRIBUTED BY THE PUBLISHER
"Who is to say the country wants a
rest? I was one of that generation and I
didn't want to rest," he exclaimed.
"THERE ARE problems in this coun-
try that are going to face the hell out of
you. The 60s followed the 50s, what's to
follow the 70s. Who's to say there has to
be a lull? Editors feel for this kind of
"To say there is a mood that the coun-
try is ready to go to sleep ought to be
questioned by you," he expounded.
"Why are you ready for the grave?"
Lou Gehrig of the Yankees drove in
150 or more runs for three straight
years, 1930, 1931, 1932.
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COLLEGIATE UNITED NATIONS:
ock Israeli deleg
By MARK PARRENT
While the real United Nations . to-day activities turned out
ecurity Council was in hurried tic negotiating session for
eliberations over the Mideast delegation as the picture in
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tudents was in New York last week The problem being con
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