Was Time magazine “scurrilous and utterly shameless in its willingness to distort” in 1964?
In a used bookstore over the weekend I came across some old issues of Fact: magazine. I’m not familiar with Fact: but Wikipedia tells me it was published from 1964-1967 and edited by Ralph Ginzburg and Warren Boroson.
The cover of the very first issue caught my eye; it is full of quotes from people disparaging Time:
Here is the full page illustration opposite the article in which Time is called “The Weekly Fiction Magazine”:
And here is an excerpt from the opening of the article:
To quote the first paragraph (bolding is mine):
“Time’s technique for handling news is so simple that it seems to have eluded several generations of critics – and yet it is almost solely responsible for (A) Time’s monumental commercial success and (B) Time’s equally monumental failure in the fields of ethics, integrity and responsibility.”
The article goes on to chronicle all sorts of alleged malpractices by Time with quotes from a variety of figures.
So what was up with Time magazine in 1964? I have a feeling this article reveals more about the style and approach of Fact: than the practices of Time but I found it very interesting nonetheless.
As a side note, Define provided consulting to Time.com for several years. So I have first-hand knowledge that they seem pretty ok nowadays.
UPDATE: Be sure to check out the comments for more background from people with knowledge of both publications at that time, including Fact’s Warren Boroson.