Wednesday, February 9

TARGETING JOURNALISTS: DID HE OR DIDN'T HE?

Rodger Morrow poses a provocative question, at least for we Civil War buffs. It's worth a look, as Rodger has a gem of a blog, Folks. Any takers?

I'm not sure what Tecumseh had in mind, but it's clear he was in a foul mood. I presume that when he burned Atlanta to the ground (I'd like to burn Hartfield Airport to the ground), that a few printing presses, if not journalists, succumbed.

I do, however, know what ol' Samuel Clemens thought about the breed and its creation:

Journalism is the one solitary respectable profession which honors theft ... and admires the thief ...

I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one.

It seems to me that just in the ratio that our newspapers increase, our morals decay. The more newspapers, the worse morals.

It has become a sarcastic proverb that a thing must be true if you saw it in a newspaper. That is the opinion intelligent people have of that lying vehicle in a nutshell. But the trouble is that stupid people -- who constitute the grand overwhelming majority of this and all other nations -- do believe and are moulded and convinced by what they get out of a newspaper, and there is where the harm lies.


Former president Lyndon Baines Johnson was even more pointed on the subject:

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.

Wonder what Mark Twain and LBJ would have to say about bloggers and the blogosphere were they alive today?

Anyone want to venture a guess?