The Fight by Norman Mailer

By Norman Mailer

In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, African American boxers have been paid 5 million cash apiece to struggle one another. One used to be Muhammad Ali, the getting older yet irrepressible “professor of boxing.” the opposite was once George Foreman, who used to be as taciturn as Ali was once voluble. gazing them was once Norman Mailer, a commentator of remarkable power, acumen, and audacity. even if he's reading the fighters’ strikes, studying their characters, or weighing their competing claims at the African and American souls, Mailer’s take hold of of the enormous battle’s feints and stratagems—and his sensitivity to their deeper symbolism—makes this booklet a masterpiece of the literature of game.

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The autonomy of the newsprint media, understated by much of the research conducted from the radical perspective, can be crucial in this process. Indeed, the Irish News editor went on to explain that his newspaper’s Nationalist line and its subsequent inclination to challenge on issues of policy and practice have engendered levels of tension with the police which are not experienced by other news agencies: There would be a certain amount of tension with the police. Certainly, when I worked at the [Belfast] Telegraph … there would have been a reasonably friendly, cordial relationship between the police press office and the paper.

Editorial influence is both commercially and ideologically geared to maintain, or ideally augment, the newspaper’s readership in a highly competitive market, irrespective of what the owner’s personal preferences may be. This has important implications for the representation of sex crime. The following chapters illustrate that it is less a question of how journalists believe the problem of sex crime should be reported – though many have clear views on that matter. Rather, it is a question of how their seniors within the newsroom (most notably editors), influenced by wider commercial concerns and, in particular, the nature of the market, directly or indirectly shape journalists’ reportage.

How journalists and newspapers are approached or received can influence profoundly a source’s success in securing access and influence in the press. One more (inter-related and overlapping) area of influence requires consideration here – the influence of culture and, in particular, political culture on news production in Northern Ireland. Political-cultural Determinants of News Production One key assumption underpinning both radical and liberal pluralist interpretations of news production is that of the ‘consensual’ nature of society.

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