Now that is the way to write--peppery and to the point. Mush-and-milk
journalism gives me the fan-tods.
Journalism is the one solitary respectable profession which honors theft
(when committed in the pecuniary interest of a journal,) & admires
the thief....However, these same journals combat despicable crimes quite
valiantly--when committed in other quarters.
Who write the dramatic critiques for the second-rate papers? Why, a parcel
of promoted shoemakers and apprentice apothecaries, who know just as much about
good acting as I do about good farming and no more. Who review the books? People
who never wrote one. Who do up the heavy leaders on finance? Parties who have
had the largest opportunities for knowing nothing about it. Who criticise the
Indian campaigns? Gentlemen who do not know a war-whoop from a wigwam, and who
never have had to run a foot race with a tomahawk, or pluck arrows out of the
several members of their families to build the evening camp-fire with. Who write
the temperance appeals, and clamor about the flowing bowl? Folks who will never
draw another sober breath till they do it in the grave.
- "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper"
THE MAKING OF A JOURNALIST
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