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Paul Berton: If it didn’t happen on TV, did it happen at all?

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"The work speaks for itself."

That's what Robert Mueller, the former special prosecutor, said this week of his report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

It sparked a debate about who has read the report, and what conclusions could be drawn from it.

President Donald Trump says it exonerates him. Others say exactly the opposite.

How can one carefully worded document be interpreted two different ways?

Journalists have been wondering this for centuries.

When we are assailed by readers, we often ask the same question: Did you actually read the article?

Increasingly, the answer, whether they admit it or not, is: "No, but I saw the headline."

Or: "No, but I heard it on the radio and that........

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