Andrew Brown on the pleasures offered by attack journalism:

Hunter Thompson was not just famous for his heroic consumption of drugs and production of expenses, but for the force and clarity of his hatred; in American television and radio, the way to power and influence is almost always now the mongering of hate. Sometimes, very rarely, the invective attains a quality of beauty almost independent of its object. But almost always the pleasure in reading it comes from pretending that you are the author and can be like Hunter Thompson, have that much fun and never be arrested.

Is this guy's expertise in how to appear to have expertise?


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