“The worst thing that can happen to a journalist is to become a celebrity,” he told The Progressive in 1997. “The honest job of the journalist is to observe, to listen, to learn. The job of the celebrity is to be observed, to make sure others learn about him or her, to be the object of attention rather than an observer.”
—Ben Bagdikian (1920-2016), journalist, author, journalism educator and critic, “Ben H. Bagdikian, Reporter of Broad Range and Conscience, Dies at 96,” The New York Times, March 12, 2016
• Editorial Comment: Sage, teacher and watchdog Ben Bagdikian died Friday. He’s still watching.
• Washington Post obit.
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