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Népszabadság - Hungary | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Poland's bugging affair shows media's decline

In Poland tape recordings of private conversation published on Saturday by the magazine Wprost have put the government in a difficult situation. For the left-liberal daily Népszabadság the bugging affair is a also a clear example of how the quality media are starting to ape the tabloids: "The people who sparked the whole affair have used a typical tabloid technique. ... The dumbed-down public responds much more to vulgar conversations and saucy details than to analyses or careful assessments of consequences. The quality press and high-brow television programmes have disappeared from the media landscape. ... The crude style that is typical of the tabloids and yellow press now has politics and also political reporting firmly in its grip."

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