The Skidmore Standard on Journalism

From the August 3, 1900 edition, page 4:

If the people who complain of what the reporter writes of them would only consider what he does not write about them, says a bright newspaper man, they would enshrine him in the dearest corner of their hearts. The wastebaskets of the daily newspaper in any town do more to keep its citizens in good repute than any other agency except the fear of the law and the hereafter. Not all that a reporter writes is true. He is not infallible himself, and of those who are the source of his information many are less so. there are very many men who can not tell a straight story. The man who tells the story to the reporter is usually an interested party. He has a purpose to serve in metamorphosing this or suppressing that. The reporter has no desire except to get the truth accurately and completely, and to write it quickly and entertainingly.