A cautionary tale on trusting reporters, particularly the nice ones

Paul Wells has a blog on the McCrystal affair, citing the Esquire author’s triumphant note that because he’s a freelancer, not a regular, he doesn’t have to worry about cultivating relationships with sources; he can just burn them down and move on to the next job (though why anyone else would ever want to talk to him after this is beyond me.) Anyway, a cautionary¬† tale: it’s usually the nicest reporters who are most manipulative, the ones who just say they want to tell the world your story. Keep your guard up at all times, and remember Joan Didion’s words: a writer will always sell you out.

MacLean’s, June 22 2010

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