Publicists vs. Reporters

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“The dangers are clear. As PR becomes ascendant, private and government interests become more able to generate, filter, distort, and dominate the public debate, and to do so without the public knowing it.”

Newsrooms are experiencing a PR takeover—as the numbers of journalists further descend, publicists are picking up the slack and filling in the empty spaces that reporters once occupied.


Sam Riley is an adult who works at McSweeney's. More from this author →