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  • By the author of The Conservative Resurgence and the Press: The Media’s Role in the Rise of the Right and of Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present. A former journalist with a Ph.D. in journalism, history and political science, McPherson is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and a board member for the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media.

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Signs, despite our bickering, of our optimistic nature

Posted by James McPherson on July 11, 2008

Old people plant trees.

Teachers and parents keep trying to inspire children.

People who follow politics vote anyway.

Protestors keep showing up.

Journalists find good news among the evil.

Some still work to report the evil.

Almost everyone has faith in something or someone.

People from all walks of life read poetry.

Some write it.

Some get past themselves enough to write it well.

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