Quotation by Janet Malcolm

Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.
Janet Malcolm (b. 1934), U.S. author. The Journalist and the Murderer, pt. 1 (1990).

Opening paragraph of the book, which discusses the case of journalist Joe McGinniss. The latter won the trust of an alleged murderer, then wrote a best-seller, Fatal Vision (1984), proclaiming his guilt.
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