Entries Tagged as 'Finley Peter Dunne'

Old Story: The Journal repackages the “Worst-Run State”

December 10th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert “You know what the problem with the Journal is,” said the guy in the other barber’s chair, a lawyer. “There’s nothing in it.” That isn’t exactly true, of course. Nor is it fair to the newspaper’s rank-and-file; they try hard to inform us accurately and fairly. But we know what he meant. […]

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The Journal Is Not What Mr. Dooley Had in Mind

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert I’ve always known some journalists believed the purpose of a newspaper was “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” but not until a few days ago did I learn the source of the quote. Finley Peter Dunne, the 1890s-era humorist, wrote it in the voice of Martin Dooley, his famous bartender/political […]

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