Steal This Column!

Sure, borrowing and fabricating are a crime, but not for us opinion peddlers

As the scythe of scandal continues to cut off the careers and other vital parts of reporters and editors at the nation's major newspapers, those of us who peddle opinions for a living rather than facts are starting to get nervous. When will the spotlight turn on us? Every time another malefactor is exposed, we feel a chill and think we hear the tumbrels roll. We know in our hearts that we are uniquely vulnerable.

We opinionistas are a diverse bunch: newspaper editorial writers draped in cardigan sweaters and clutching pipes, columnists dictating a few trenchant paragraphs on cell phones while...

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