"Fascism and communism both promise "social welfare," "social justice," and "fairness" to justify authoritarian means and extensive arbitrary and discretionary governmental powers." - F. A. Hayek"

"Life is a Bungling process and in no way educational." in James M. Cain

Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”

If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill

"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero

As Christopher Hitchens once put it, “The essence of tyranny is not iron law; it is capricious law.”

"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

"Law is where you buy it." Raymond Chandler

"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day

"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown

"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"

Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Thomas More's definition of government as "a conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of a commonwealth.” ~ Winston S. Churchill, A History of the English Speaking Peoples

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” ~ Jonathon Swift

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

There was a time when "Journalists" could Write

Old School was No School
They were then called Reporters and didn't go to Journalism School. They learned on the job. m/r

Larry Thornberry  August 1, 2017

A writer friend and I were email rapping on the current state of journalism, and the general worthlessness of j-school degrees. He suggested reporting may have been better when reporters had not gone to college, mentioning H.L. Mencken. In my reply I suggest that if most journalists, degree or no, were as entertaining as Henry Mencken, then I would be eager to fetch my newspaper from my front lawn in the morning. As it is I usually spend all of 10 minutes with the Tampa Daily Bugle and Thunderstorm, most of that looking at box scores and the day’s ML standings, with a quick detour to the weather page (which, this time of year, just informs me it will be hot as hell until it starts raining). I rely on my wife to survey the obits and inform me if anyone we know has moved on.
When I first got into the newspaper biz (1972), there were still a fair number of degreeless reporters and editors about. Including a few, like Mencken, who had not attended college at all. There were also a few people with master’s degrees in journalism (or what, in our abstraction-plagued era, we have learned to call mass communications). Over my years in the trade I could detect little relationship between how many years a reporter had sat directly on his (her) butt in a college classroom and how good a reporter, or how graceful a writer, he was. Now almost everyone in the newsroom is a j-school grad and the poor sod hoping to argue that newspapers are the better for it has a hill to climb.
One difference I did notice was the journalism students were more apt to use vague and unlovely journalese, and were prone to abstractions. (And now, of course, j-school nags feel obliged to inject their politics into their copy.) Reporters who had only idled a semester or two at the local JC tended to write in concrete English nouns and verbs. No finer example of the latter can be found than Henry’s first appearance in print. The item below is from the Baltimore Morning Herald of Feb. 24, 1899:
A horse and buggy and several sets of harness, valued in all at about $250, were stolen last night from the stable of Howard Quinlan, near Kingsville. The county police are at work on the case, but so far no trace of either thieves or booty has been found.
This is the work of an 18-year-old, unscathed by higher education. ...

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