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Saw your post about Keller retiring and Brooke Gladstone interviewing him and Abramson. I share your outrage.

I write though to relate to you a great line from Gladstone I heard on an NPR interview a few weeks ago. She was talking about her new book on the state of journalism/media — “The Influencing Machine.” She mentioned that with the Internet and Twitter there are now countless sources — from citizen journalists to “curated” blogs, etc., across the political spectrum — delivering “news.”

The interviewer, in what came off as a slightly smug, denigrating tone of voice, said, “But let me point out the inevitable: How do you know it’s true?” And Gladstone, god bless her, said, “How do you ever know it’s true?”

Peter Voskamp

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