Liebling I shrunk the editorial staff…

Between 1945 and 1963, A.J. Liebling wrote for “The Wayward Press” column in the weekly New Yorker Magazine. And much of what his pointed criticism of journalistic entrepreneurism attacked is still valid today, or valid again…

“The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role is to make money. The monopoly publisher’s reaction on being told that he ought to spend money on reporting distant events is therefore exactly that of the proprietor of a large, fat cow, who is told that he ought to enter her in a horse race.”

Peter Osnos wonders what Liebling would have to say about the current press crisis in the Atlantic.

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