Andrew Ferguson

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Andrew Ferguson is an American journalist and author. He is senior editor of The Weekly Standard and in a columnist for Bloomberg News.


  • Journalism is a character defect. I think most non-journalists would agree with this. It is life lived at a safe remove: standing off to one side of the parade as it passes, noting its flaws, offering glib and unworkable suggestions for its improvement. Every journalist must know that this is not, really, how a serious-minded person would choose to spend his days. Serious-minded people do things; a journalist chatters about the things serious-minded people do, and so, not coincidentally, avoids having to do them himself. A significant body of research indicates that non-journalists find us insufferable, perhaps for this reason.
  • It is one of the paradoxes of journalism: The more servile a reporter is toward his sources, the more authoritative he can appear in print.
    • "Scotty: All the news that's fit to schmooze," The Weekly Standard (2003-02-24).
  • Incoherence is a common hazard for journalists who dabble in ethical judgments.
    • "Scotty: All the news that's fit to schmooze," The Weekly Standard (2003-02-24).
  • When he let Kennedy use his column to send signals to Nikita Khrushchev, or lent his skill to Vandenberg to reinforce the anti-Soviet consensus in American diplomacy, he wasn't acting as a reporter but as a patriot. This urge may be a dereliction of duty in the journalist, but it is a sign of decency in the man. That the two impulses in journalism should so often be at odds — duty versus decency — tells us more about the trade than most of us care to know.
    • "Scotty: All the news that's fit to schmooze," The Weekly Standard (2003-02-24).

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