A journalist I have known for thirty years once told me that there were two places he wanted to be quoted in. One was the New York Times, but most especially he wanted to be in the Washington Post. That was making it, he reckonEd. When I’d done both he admitted to jealousy. I was amused.

Dunno. Is it going one up to have written for both of them?

21 thoughts on “Swank, Swank”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    I would say it depends. The people written about in the Society pages are, or used to be, a much higher cut above the people doing the writing. But those that write the Op-Eds are above the people the news section cites.

    I would not want to be quoted anywhere outside Horse and Hound. And as I have neither that seems unlikely. Maybe the Speccie but less so these days.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    Getting quoted in both is probably not that hard. In the Saudi-Bangladeshi IT guy torso story, the personal assistant, who had stolen $100,000 and was being allowed to pay it back, has been arrested. The super genius paid for the power saw with his own credit card.

    So it turns out to be a Gay thing gone wrong. I mean, would you get into an elevator with your personal assistant *and*not*recognise* him? Bondage session gone very wrong I reckon.

    Anyway, Tryrese or whatever he is called is about to be quoted. A lot. In many papers.

  3. Maybe if we were all to post copious positive fawning OTT comments on his blog he would eventually explode from the expansion of his hideous ego, like Mr Creosote

  4. The cachet of either writing for or being quoted in the New York Times or Washington Post must be diminishing as rapidly as both publications are disappearing down the rabbit hole of progressive fascism.

    Still I have high hopes that the NYT will look positively on a modest piece of mine, entitled:

    Why Black Trans Lives Mattered More in Pol Pot’s Kampuchea Than Trump’s America

  5. WaPo is controlled by Bezos, and the largest chunk of the NYT is owned by Carlos Slim. Normally people Ritchie would hate to be associated with, apart from when they give him cash of course.

    See his relationship with Peter Dawe as a classic example.

  6. “I would not want to be quoted anywhere outside Horse and Hound.”

    I’m hoping for a regular column in the magazine whose title I always misread in the newsagents, ‘Total Carp’.

  7. The first time I wrote a Letter to the Editor (local rag) the buggers turned it into a front page story. No pay for me, of course.

  8. To have written for the American equivalents of The Guardian and The Independent isn’t exactly something to be proud of, I think. On the contrary.

  9. I’ve also written for the Guardian and the Independent. One thing the WaPo and the Indy have in common is that neither of the buggers has ever paid me…..

  10. I am always amazed at the number of magazines devoted to fishing.

    I’m amazed at the number of magazines that manage to keep going. It’s a fine example of adaptive survival. Largely, they’ve gone from big print runs with massive advertising enabling head offices in major cities, to being small circulations assembled in home offices. The decline in readers and advertisers has been met with efficiencies in computing and printing to enable small scale profitability. That means a lot of niche publications have been able to carry on too.

  11. Doesn’t the nature of the quote count? Not sure I’d want to read “this is the sort of bollocks this dumb twat is talking about”.

  12. ‘When I’d done both’

    How much is one column inch on the advertising page? Cirrusly, Murph would buy a $25 ad soes he could claim to have been quoted in them.

  13. @Diogenes, the number of fishing magazines is a function of the fact that people who go fishing have sweet FA else to do all day long (or all night long)!

  14. In Kings Lynn, I am often struck by the differences between “Which Tractor” and “Totally Tractors”. Are there any subject area experts here?

  15. Not much point being quoted, if you are then ripped to shreds!

    I harbour a secret desire to be quoted approvingly by Mr Worstall!

  16. Harry Haddock's Ghost

    As anyone who is anyone knows, there are no such tractor publications, the market leader for tractor collectors being classic tractor magazine.

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