Timeserving Journalism: Failed Historiography

From Fielding’s Tom Jones:

“Such histories as these do, in reality, very much resemble a newspaper, which consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not. They may likewise be compared to a stage coach, which performs constantly the same course, empty as well as full. The writer, indeed, seems to think himself obliged to keep even pace with time, whose amanuensis he is […]”


I love that the timeserving journalist is (correctly) identified as nothing more than a failed historian. A journalist is merely a specialized historian, like any other, and he can be a charlatan, just as a man of any other profession might.

Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for being my gadfly.


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