Creativity in Journalism Has Its Limits

“Frank Harris told the truth only when his attention flagged.”
—Max Beerbohm

I once edited a very good feature writer who had some of Frank Harris’s creativity. He did well at newspapers and at our magazine until he was deposed in a lawsuit—the plaintiff’s lawyer asked him more good questions about how he had reported the story than his editors had asked.

The writer moved on to television, the editors kept their jobs.

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