<< in language that is parliamentary in good society >>Originally Posted by mei
I think that refers to the type of language that is used in "polite society"--language that is not coarse, rude or vulgar.
<< and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion >>
They are inviting discussion from people of various opinions.
<<This quotation highlights a convergence of the discourses of factual journalism with those of professional responsibility vis-a-vis the public shpere, in general, and the interests of its affluent readers, in particular>>
Factual journalism is, I suppose, journalism that deals in facts. (That is contrary, I suppose, to sensationalism or gossip.)
The writer decided that the New York Times felt that it owed it to its readers to produce a professionally managed, responsible newspaper, but that it had a special obligation to its affluent readers.
<<This when the boundaries of its definition of 'serving the public' were recurrently projected in a way which justified existing relaitons of power and privilege, namely those of wealthy white males, as bieng consistent with American democracy>>
Those "wealthy white males" were considered by some to represent the interests of trhe country as a whole.