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    One development is the use of “professional” opinons on op ed pages because these are often not paid for and because editorial budgets are tiny. Journalists are not encouraged to understand and develop an holistic understanding of an issue, the news, or the various currents that underpin it. This requires experience and time and, of course, money. So we are subjected to a 700 word piece by Julius Malema, or Floyd Shivambu or Helen’s entire weekly newsletter because these are printed at no charge to the writer.

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