“Then I saw that most men only care for science so far as they make a living by it, and that they worship even error when it affords them a subsistence.” Goethe, Conversations, 15 Oct 1825

One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying: […]