One of the media’s formulaic headlines of which I am least fond reads like this: “X isn’t what you think.” Now how does some junior headline writer know what I think about X? It’s just another way for the erstwhile “news” reporters to proclaim, without knowing me, that they are smarter than I am. It’s bad manners, apart from anything else—related to and only a degree or two less offensive than that other longtime bit of media charlatanry: “Everything you know about Y is wrong.” Wanna bet? It may of course be so, but I like the odds that it’s the other guy who’s going to be wrong, since I only have to prove I’m right about something, where he has to show that I’m...


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