No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.

H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) American writer and journalist [Henry Lewis Mencken]
Notes on Journalism, Chicago Tribune (19 Sep 1926)

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3 Responses to Notes on Journalism, Chicago Tribune (19 Sep 1926)

  1. Sara Hubner says:

    Please fix the typo. ” Nor has anyone ever…” (not “nyhone”)

  2. R. Diego Valenti says:

    The newspapers chronicle with degrading avidity the sins of the second-rate, and with the conscientiousness of the illiterate give us accurate and prosaic details of the doings of people of absolutely no interest whatsoever.”

    Oscar Wilde, In Conversation

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