Listenthe tape then answer the question below. 听录音，然后回答以下问题。 What was the consequence of the editor's insistence on facts and statistics?
Editors of newspapers and magazines often goextremesprovide their reader with unimportant facts and statistics. Last year a journalist had been instructed by a well-known magazinewrite an article on the president's palace in a new African republic. When the article arrived, the editor read the first sentence and then refusepublish it. The article began: 'Hundreds of steps leadthe high wall which surrounds the president's palace'. The editor at once sent the journalist a fax instructing him find out the exact number of steps and the height of the wall. The journalist immediately set outobtain these important facts, but the took a long timesend them Meanwhile, the editor was getting impatient, for the magazine would soon gopress. He sent the journalist 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 failedreply, the editor reluctantly published the article as it had originally been written. A week later, the editor at last received a fax from the journalist. Not only had the poor man been arrested, but he had been sentprison as well. However, he had at last been allowedsend a fax in which he informed the editor that the he had been arrested while counting the ,084 steps leadingthe fifteen-foot wall which surrounded the president's palace.