Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
What was the consequence of the editor's insistence on facts and statistics?
Editors of newspapers and magazines often go to extremes to provide their readers with unimportant facts and statistics. Last year a journalist had been instructed by a well-known magazine to write an article on the president's palace in a new African republic. When the article arrived, the editor read the first sentence and then refused to publish it. The article began: ‘Hundreds of steps lead to the high wall which surrounds the president's palace. ’The editor at once sent the journalist a fax instructing him to find out the exact number of steps and the height of the wall.
The journalist immediately set out to obtain these important facts, but he took a long time to send them. two more faxes, but received no reply. He sent yet another fax informing the journalist that if he did not reply soon he would be fired. When the journalist again failed to reply, the editor reluctantly published the only had the poor man been arrested, but he had been sent to prison as well. However, he had at last been allowed to send a fax in which he informed the editor that he had been arrested while counting the 1, 084 steps leading to the fifteen-foot wall which surrounded the president's palace.
New words and expressions 生词和短语
editor(1. 1)/'editə/ n．编辑
publish(1. 6) /'pʌbliʃ/ v．出版
extreme(1. 1) /ik'stri:m/n．极端
fax(1. 7) /fæks/ n．传真
statistics(1. 2) /stə'tistiks/ n．统计数字
impatient(1. 10) /im'peiʃənt/adj. 不耐烦的
journalist(1. 3) /'dʒә:nəlist/ n．新闻记者
fire(1. 12) /'faiə/v．解雇
president(1. 4) /'prezidənt/n．总统
originally(1. 13) /ə'ridʒinəli/adv．起初，原先，从前
palace(1. 4) /'pælis/ n．王宫；宏伟的住宅
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 go to extremes. 走极端。
3 to write an article on, 写一篇有关的报道。
4 lead to …作“通往……”、“导致……”解
5 go to press, 付印。
6 Not only had the poor man been arrested, but he had been sent to prison as well. 这是 not only… but… as well 引导的并列句子，如果将not only置于句首，后面主谓语应采取倒装结构。