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The public opinion of the media does not run high in the early years of 2000 yet a severe attack on journalists for distorting or fabricating the news in 1937 before the most misreported series of events of the century WWII and its causes It was written by a member disreputable profession who with this book and 6 others established themselves as perhaps the most satiric novelist in the history of English literature In Scoop Waugh tells the story of an inexperienced nature columnist named John Boot who is mistaken for another journalist with the same name and sent by the Beast a large London newspaper to cover growing unrest in the East African nation Ishmaelia Boot is surprised to learn the timeliness and originality are more highly prized by his colleagues and their editors than are truth and fairness Before Boot leaves Beast publisher Lord Copper explains whats expected of him The British public has no interest in a war which drags on extensively A few sharp victories some conspicuous acts of personal bravery on the patriot side That is the Beast policy for warwe shall expect the first victory about the middle of July Waugh Upon his arrival in Jacksonburg the capitol of Ishmaelia Boot encounters a small group of reporters from rival newspapers but no trace of unrest A major writer from a wire service explains the media presence by recounting his editors reaction to the so-called crisis in Ishmaelia Boot soon discovers that the reporters spend less time trying to develop legitimate leads than they do in studying their more aggressive or inventive colleagues for signs that the latter are onto something They pay native servants to intercept each others communications to and from their editorial offices back home in a effort to stay abreast of the latest slants by way of illustrating the lengths to which his peers might go to corner the exclusive scoop A
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