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Lesson 5

The facts

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  • Lesson 5
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  • The facts
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  • What was the consequence of the editor's insistence on facts and statistics?
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  • Editors of newspapers and magazines often go to extremes to provide their readers with unimportant facts and statistics.
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  • Last year a journalist had been instructed by a well-known magazine to write an article on the president's palace in a new African republic.
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  • When the article arrived,
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  • the editor read the first sentence and then refused to publish it.
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  • The article began:'Hundreds of steps lead to the high wall which surrounds the president's palace.'
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  • The editor at once sent the journalist a fax instructing him to find out the exact number of steps and the height of the wall.
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  • The journalist immediately set out to obtain these important facts,
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  • but he took a long time to send them.
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  • Meanwhile, the editor was getting impatient,
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  • for the magazine would soon go to press.
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  • He sent the journalist two more faxes,
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  • but received no reply.
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  • He sent yet another fax informing the journalist that if he did not reply soon he would be fired.
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  • When the journalist again failed to reply,
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  • the editor reluctantly published the article as it had originally been written.
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  • A week later, the editor at last received a fax from the journalist.
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  • Not only had the poor man been arrested,
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  • but he had been sent to prison as well.
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  • However, he had at last been allowed to send a fax in which he informed the editor that he had been arrested
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  • while counting the 1, 084 steps leading to the 15th foot wall which surrounded the president's palace.
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