“It takes great self-confidence to write a newspaper column. Some might say it takes arrogance. Be that as it may, my willingness to pronounce on a great many matters of which I have little or no knowledge is one of my prime qualifications for this trade.”
– Russell Baker, The New York Times, Aug. 6, 1996
I confess one of the joys of my journalism career has been the opportunity to alternately pontificate righteously or be a snide smartass on the editorial pages of various publications (this was blogging before there were blogs). Electronic News was no exception. In fact, some of the stuff I’m most proud of is here.
I wrote a lot of columns in my five and a half years at Electronic News; these few are just the best of the best (and I say that humbly, sort of — as much as an editorial writer can be humble). I was fortunate that my E-News keepers gave me carte blanche in terms of subject matter, and only rarely reeled me in, in terms of verbiage. Bless you sirs and madam.
if you only read one of these, read this editorial on the vagaries of Wall Street, in the guise of William Shakespeare. And let me take this occasion to offer my humblest apologies to the Bard; imitation (and satire) is, after all the sincerest form of flattery.
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