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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

HL Mencken defines journalism

A 1924 Mencken quote from one of the many pieces on Stephen Glass and Shattered Glass and related hype and hoopla:
Journalism, to a considerable degree, has ceased to be the profession of intelligent, idealistic and charming gentlemen. It has become the profession of public office seekers, title hunters, social pushers, dollar diddlers, mountebanks and cads.

And who, exactly, were those
intelligent, idealistic and charming gentlemen
I wonder?

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