I hope the press has finished its spasm of self-flagellation over the possibility that Paula Corbin Jones was not taken seriously because reporters with Ivy League airs disdained her clothes and hairstyle and accent. I was not looking forward to inspecting everything I've written in the past few years for signs of class bias.

It used to be that the accusations against the press having to do with class made us out to be people who wanted to stir up "class warfare" by pointing out, say, how little some millionaires pay in taxes. Being labeled radicals wasn't really so bad, but...

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