Tell Me What You Read and I’ll Tell You Who You Are

A friend showed this to me earlier today. I did some (= 15 seconds) research, and it seems as if it was written in 1994, source unknown. If anyone knows the source, feel free adding it in the comments.

As I am half way reading through “Too Big to Fail”, point #1 and #2 seem more relevant than ever.

Here’s how to keep all that political “news” in perspective:

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could find the time — and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.

10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that the leaders stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped, minority, feminist, or atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

12. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.

4 thoughts on “Tell Me What You Read and I’ll Tell You Who You Are

  1. estherf

    It's based on a quote from "Yes, Minister"- a great TV show from the 80s. I think one can sense the underlying humour is British.

  2. Peter Way

    I was looking for this quote. I still don't know the original source. Some attribute it to Francois Mauriac – but his appears to be a revision. My daughter, who is interning in Washington at a newspaper will find this blog entry quite interesting. What do you have to say about the Herald Examiner?

  3. chth

    Pierre de La Gorçe (1846-1934) in a speech at the Société bibliographique, May 7, 1920: "Dis-moi ce que tu lis, et je te dirai ce que tu es." (French)

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