Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lovable decrepit alcoholics

Staff Issues 

“We must express the view, based on our empirical observations, that a substantial number of journalists are ignorant, lazy, opinionated, and intellectually dishonest. 
“The profession is heavily cluttered with aged hacks toiling through a miasma of mounting decrepitude and often alcoholism, and even more so with arrogant and abrasive youngsters who substitute ‘commitment’ for insight. The product of their impassioned intervention in public affairs is more often confusion than lucidity.”

—Conrad Black, F. David Radler and Peter G. White, “A Brief to the Special Senate Committee on the Mass Media from the Sherbrooke Record, the voice of the Eastern Townships,” 1969

Editorial Comment: And let’s not even talk about those imps over at the TV station, and their chainsaw antics.

• Note: Black, Radler and White knew their scoundrels. See Globe and Mail, “The lonely battle of Peter White,” 2010.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
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