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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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February 21, 2006


*sigh* This is a big part of why I switched out of the School of Journalism after one semester.

Thomas Friedman is one of the most arrogant a** in the media. I bile him.

"Cross off what you don't believe"? They don't even do that. If they did they wouldn't publish anything the Bush Leaguers say! (Well, Judith Miller would, or did, but that's another story.) What they actually seem to do is this: When you find something you do believe and even know to be the truth, go find someone from the other side to call it a lie.

Sounds like a good class though.

I've always considered jounalism such a noble profession. And by journalism, I'm not talking about Bill O'Reilly-type journalism...but, I'm sure you knew that.

Most times, being probably very naive -- yet not completely cynical -- ya gotta give me that! -- I still search out the part of the person I'm watching or reading that seems to be "noble." -- Or used to be noble.

People will really rag all over TIME or Newsweek or whatever -- but, sometimes I'll read just an excellent article and notice that I've never heard of the I'll give him/her credit for being noble. For trying to fight the good fight in such a competitive field...

There have to be, have to be, little diamonds amid all that garbage.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it! (Little naive me...)

Lance-- Well, the documentary was from the early-to-mid '90s, so it's possible the modus operandi has changed.

BG-- I definitely agree with you that there are still diamonds out there and still people who believe more in journalistic intergrity than the bottom line. It's just that the people who are running news agencies don't. They don't seem to even think about the responsibility to the people journalists have always held.

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