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Once many years ago the Wall Street Journal, ever a bastion of journalistic ego, decided to chastise the editors of local newspapers who triumphantly credit themselves with "exclusives" on inconsequential drivel.

The Journal recalled the Southern editor who would kill front-page stories of world-wide importance in order to scoop other papers in the region on local or sectional items. One day he accomplished the minor triumph of being the first and only editor to report a disaster in a nearby town.

The following week he scored another distinct beat with this announcement:

"We were the first to announce the news of the destruction of Jenkins paint store last week. We are now the first to announce that the report was absolutely without foundation ..."

-----------------A Final Thought ...

"Doctors bury their mistakes. Lawyers hang them. But journalists put theirs on the front page."

- Anonymous