“Access itself is not all it’s cracked up to be”

Access itself is not all it’s cracked up to be… I find it hard to be as cutting, or even as critical, as I really feel about people who allow me to enter their zone of privacy. I blame my parents for teaching me manners—the best investigative journalists don’t have the best manners. The best investigative reporters might be called ‘sociopaths for truth.’ I think you know the type I’m talking about. And the very best of these are often good at faking empathy and then coldly eviscerating the empathized-with one.

Ron Rosenbaum, “Magazines, Bring Back the Write-Around!”, Slate, Oct. 4, 2007

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