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"Indeed, the rage of theorists to make constitutions a vehicle for the conveyance of their own crude, and visionary aphorisms of government, requires to be guarded against with the most unceasing vigilance."
     -- Joseph Story
     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

The Jayson Blair mess goes on. I was flipping around the news stations over the weekend, and it was all over the place. Such is the incestuous nature of journalism these days: What ought to have been a minor and regional scandal of importance only to the journalism profession itself -- and to the readership of The New York Times, naturally -- is instead elevated to the top of the National discourse, the journalists taking the position that, since it's them, no one else can get enough of it.

Well, let's see. No one who is anyone has any reliance in the objectivity or professionalism of The New York Times. What past reputation it may have had has long since been squandered. It is fashionable, lately, for the blogosphere to rake Howell Raines over the coals in this regard; what gets glossed over in that discussion is, any difference between Howell Raines and what came before is merely one of degree, and not much of one at that. So, for those who have been paying attention, the revelation of actual corruption comes as no surprise. News value: nil.

-- posted by Clayton 5/13/2003 08:56:00 AM

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