Of fools and tomcats


“Popular sentiment believes that any darned fool can run a newspaper. … Newspaper men can blame no one but themselves because this is true. They are too easy, too tolerant, too much lacking in pride of occupation. If newspaper men valued themselves as highly as do the doctors and lawyers, reasonable qualifications would be demanded by newspaper workers, and their stand would be respected by the public. … As it stands now, the man who would treat the ills of a brindled tomcat must show evidences of professional standing and competency. But anyone can run a newspaper.” From United States Publisher, quoted in Concerning the Fourth Estate (Second edition, 1942).