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Speaking of Journalism Movies

Your favorite journalism movies
By Tom Jones, Poynter’s senior media writer for

Back in April of 2019, not long after I joined Poynter as a senior media writer, I put together my list of the best 25 journalism movies of all time. I’m pretty sure it’s the most read piece I’ve written for Poynter. More than three years later, I still get emails telling me I’ve overlooked a movie such as “Deadline U.S.A.” or arguing that “The Post” should’ve been higher than where I had it at No. 14.

So, my Poynter colleague Annie Aguiar had a great idea. She would go to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Reddit and ask Poynter followers to list their favorite journalism movies. She then tallied up the results and put together this: “We asked, you answered: Here are your favorite journalism movies.”

When I put together my list, No. 1 was a no-brainer. It’s “All the President’s Men.” The list that Annie assembled does not have “All the President’s Men” at the top. But it’s still a good list. Check it out.

Word of the Year: Gaslighting

This from CNN: Merriam-Webster’s word of the year – and this you can believe – is “gaslighting.”

The online dictionary chose “gaslighting,” which it defines as “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone especially for one’s own advantage,” as its top word of 2022 because it has become the “favored word for the perception of deception.”

Gaslighting is usually more complex than an off-the-cuff lie and more nefarious, too: Gaslighting someone into believing they’re wrong is often part of a “larger plan,” said Merriam-Webster.

Quote from me

Changing fortunes in the gas pumping business have robbed me of one of my personal favorite tics.

When there was a choice of self-serve or having someone else pump my gas, I always chose full service. Passengers would say, “Why not save the five cents a gallon?” I responded, “I didn’t pay $10,000 for an MIT education so I could pump gas.”

Which shows, of course, how long ago I went to college (a half century).

This and That

The Oxford Comma
The San Francisco Chronicle has outdone itself with an article on the Oxford Comma entitled What American grammar wars can teach us about how to behave ourselves.

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be”
―Abraham Lincoln
Shit Sandwich Redux
Robert Malchman piles on to Edwin Diamond’s quote from last week: “Life is like a shit sandwich. The more bread you have, the less shit you have to eat.”

Dr. Dolittle Redux

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