Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on the people's vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.

Janet Malcolm

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Malcolm, Janet. "The Journalist and the Murderer." The New Yorker, 13 March 1989 - 20 March 1989.