Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another quote about politics

If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.

- Meg Greenfield

Mary Ellen (Meg) Greenfield (1930 – 1999) was a Washington Post and Newsweek editorial writer and a Washington, D.C. insider known for her wit and for being reclusive.  She managed to overcome male domination of the journalism industry to be awarded journalism’s highest honour, a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, in 1978.  Greenfield spent 20 years as the editorial page editor for the Washington Post and 25 years as a columnist for Newsweek.  She died in 1999 of cancer, aged 68.

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