This is what I tell students: You should be proud of your profession because there’s less lying in journalism than in any other profession. They lie in education, they lie in politics, they lie in banking, they lie in labor; there’s liars all over the place. Sports? Full of liars. And there are liars in journalism, but if there are liars, journalism will out them. They do. When you’re Jason Blair, the New York Times pointed the finger and got rid of him. They got rid of the editor. This is integrity.
So be proud. Dress up. What you’re doing is more important that the trillionaire who is running the society ball this year or some movie star.