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Yes, much more so. I mean, if one looks at the reports, say, typically, of the Times, which did probably the most political reporting of the 50s and 60s, and sees (1) the length and (2) the care with which facts are treated, and now compares that with the current Times and other papers, then one sees how much, almost unconsciously now, journalists will inject, if not an opinion of the kind this is good or this is bad, but much more of a forecast, that X has happened and this will mean that -- this will have this effect.

So in one way, reporting has become more ambitious about making forecasts based upon the events it is describing, and it is usually the case that in the tone of the reportage, one can guess the political -- social position or political position of the reporter. That would be true, I think, in papers of the left, the Guardian, the Mirror and so on -- certainly the Mirror -- and of papers of the right, where the approval or disapproval of the reporter or analyst is fairly clear from the report.

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