Friday, September 20, 2019

Journamalism 101

Vogel's statement reminds me of a joke Reagan used to tell. A young boy on Christmas morning is led to a room piled high with horseshit.  He grabs a shovel and starts digging furiously.  "Why?," he's asked.  "'Cause with all this shit, there's got to be a pony somewhere!"

Reagan told the story to illustrate unbridled optimism.  I think it also works as a cautionary tale.  Sometimes (Whitewater, Saddam's weapons, Uranium One, all brought to you by the NYT), a big pile of shit is just a bit pile of shit.

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