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In Scoop, the Daily Beast has a definite editorial position on the war in Ishmaelia. On the World Wide Web, examine the editorial pages of the New York Times and the Wall St. Journal. What can you tell about each paper’s political position from its editorials? When both editorialize on the same issue, what differing positions do they take up, and what does this indicate about their underlying political philosophies? You can also try the same exercise with the Washington Post and the Washington Times.

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More people today get their news from television rather than from newspapers. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each medium as a source of news?

Often in fiction, the protagonist grows and changes as a result of the experiences he undergoes. Does this happen to William Boot, or is he just the same at the end of the novel as he was at the beginning? If he has changed, how is he different?

In recent wars, such as the Persian Gulf War of 1991 and the war in Afghanistan in 2001–2002, the American government has imposed restrictions on American reporters covering the conflict. This was not the case during the Vietnam War. Should the press have unfettered access to war zones and be free to report whatever is happening, or should restrictions be imposed in the cause of national security? Who should decide?

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