“In truth, the journalism era of [Ring] Lardner, Grantland Rice, and Damon Runyon was long on storytelling, short on actual probing, and done with a very selective use of facts. Figure it this way: The White Sox tossed the 1919 World Series, but it was not until almost a year later that the details were aggressively pursued by newspapers, which were a monopoly when it came to forming public opinion. It is no coincidence some of the best reporters of that era went on to become Hollywood screenwriters and novelists.”