| According to statistics, Russian readers would like to read nothing but facts in newspapers. Journalists' efforts to appraise facts and to influence the appraisal of the readers often result in their distrust. Therefore post-Soviet journalism avoids direct appraisal of facts and events, and replaces it with indirect (veiled), concealed appraisal.
In this essay eight methods of indirect appraisal of facts in newspapers are depicted according to the indications suggesting “much” or “little” in the quantitative sense. The author gives a more detailed description of quantitative and qualitative words, and those of this sort which journalists use in order to give readers an indirect appraisal of facts (there are nearly 80 of them). In conclusion those indications of text are described, and with the indications readers can get an idea of what in the text the qualitative appraisal is.
Such description never before existed. It presents not only academic interest in itself, but also great topical interest in the practice of Russian language teaching. It builds on the theory pragmatics and the speech act theory.