If a reporter thought he saw glimmerings of human decency in a politician or a lawyer, he would have his eyes checked.
News weasels were rough-edged, often talented, splendid company and, usually, ugly.
You can’t be diplomatic or spiritual or contemplative or anything of that sort and get s story from someone who doesn’t want you to get it because he is thinking of jail time.
It is especially in competition with a snapping pack of dyspeptic scriveners trying to get the same story first. There was my friend Paul Vogel of UPI Saigon who, the legend held had been in a catholic seminary somewhere but disappeared over the horizon on a motorcycle with a bottle of gin in one hand and somehow ended up in Hanoi teaching English before joining up with UPI.
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