Whilst on Aldous Huxley's Island, journalist and special agent Will Farnaby asks how many papers Pala supports. He is surprised to learn that there was only one.
"Who enjoys the monopoly?" Dr Robert assured him, "There's a panel of editors representing the half a dozen different parties and interests. Each of them gets his allotted space for comment and criticism. The reader's in a position to compare their arguments and make up his own mind. I remember how shocked I was the first time I read one of your big-circulation newspapers. The bias of the headlines, the systematic one-sidedness of the reporting and the commentaries, the catchwords and slogans instead of argument. No serious appeal to reason. Instead, a systematic effort to install conditioned reflexes in the minds of the voters - and for the rest, crime, divorce, anecdotes, twaddle, anything to keep them distracted, anything to prevent them from thinking."