The NYTimes increases its readability index

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Sep 8 00:09:54 UTC 2011

Today's NYTimes article "Murdoch Son's Testimony on Hacking Is
Challenged by 2 Former Executives", by John F. Burns and Alan Cowell,
is difficult even for me.  Long and convoluted sentences.  Especially
the following at 100 words:

"The conflicting accounts of the meeting center on two issues:
whether Mr. Murdoch was shown an e-mail in which a junior reporter
quoted from transcripts of three hacked voice mail messages,
indicating a broader pattern of illegal intercepts; and whether Mr.
Murdoch's approval of the record $1.4 million settlement with Gordon
Taylor, chief of an organization representing Britain's professional
soccer players, was motivated by a desire to save millions in legal
costs for News International, the Murdoch newspaper subsidiary, or
was, as several members of Parliament suggested, an effort to buy Mr.
Taylor's silence and prevent the scandal from spreading."

I trust this is not a trend.


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