Although news is carried instantly and although the time cannot be far away when a famous man will be able to speak to viewers simultaneously in almost every part of the world, printing still has great advantages. There is nothing quite like the written word for truth. The politician can slip over a fast-moving argument that seems plausible enough on the television screen and glib enough over the radio, but let the man write it down and then the weak spots show. The reader can go back over the previous sentence, can say to himself, ‘That’s not what you said on the last page,’ and can check whether a deduction is a fair one from the evidence outlined. If you have heard a piece of news passed on by word of mouth you will know the truth gets dealt some massive blows even by quite innocent people, for memory is a wretchedly unreliable thing. But once news is written down it is fixed, unalterable, and — even if inaccurate — is at least ‘pin-downable’ for all time.
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