Gruding and dismissive

Posted by ESC on July 11, 2003

In Reply to: Gruding and dismissive posted by Celia on July 11, 2003

: Hi,

: Could anyone help me with the bracketed sentence?

: (Insofar as acknowledgement is given to entertainment features in the press, this tends to be grudging and dismissive), as if such contenct detracts from the central political role and purpose of the press.

: Thanks a lot

From Merriam-Webster online:
Grudging -- giving or allowing reluctantly or resentfully.
Dismissive - rejecting serious consideration of

Entertainment stories are considered frivolous, just something to amuse the masses. Not important compared to "hard news" about politics, etc.