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Monday, July 09, 2007


Somebody pointed out to me the other day that an unusual number of outrageous liars are professional journalists. I just laughed and hung up my iPhone, and I was iRate, but I guess statistics don't lie. Fully 87 percent of documented liars are, in fact, journalists, or have received some form of journalistic training.

Well, you can detect the wiggle room right away, I think. First, we are only talking about lies that we know about and can prove—an exceedingly tiny part of the whole—and second, “journalistic training” is a rather flexible category.

Still, there you are. It is shocking and remarkable. To think that someone whose vocation is to get at the truth and report about it could knowingly publish false or misleading information! How could that happen?!



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