Submitted by Martha Brock on Wed, 12/05/2012 - 5:43pm
Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936), a humorist, coined the phrase "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." He was talking about newspapers, and my uncle, who was a journalism professor, often repeated that quotation.
Dunne put it in the mouth of his character Mr. Dooley. Here's the full quote: "The newspaper does everything for us. It runs the police force and the banks, commands the militia, controls the legislature, baptizes the young, marries the foolish, comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, buries the dead, and roasts them afterward."
What brought this to mind is the celebration being conducted by both the News and Observer of Raleigh and Bob Geary of the IndyWeek after the vote on the lease of Dix Hill for a park. Add to that, none of the NC media reported on the Disability Treaty that was voted down yesterday until after the Republican senators succeeded in voting it down.
Speaking of the media, it almost seemed like the folks at the N&O who write Under the Dome needed a day off recently and let the folks at the Locke Foundation take over. That's about the only way to explain Saturday's Dome with the headline "Locke linguists demystify plannerspeak," which printed several entries from what Dome called the Locker's "conservative's glossary to the jargon that city planners are known to throw around."
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