For nearly two centuries the Economist has shaped the liberal mind. But its days of playing God may be over.
Reflecting on almost 50 years as an editor at the Economist, Barbara Smith, in a valedictory column of 2003, offered a revealing anecdote. “How do you write like the Economist?”, a new recruit asked a senior editor when composing their first leader for the title. Simple, came the response. “Pretend you are God.”
Since its founding in 1843 the Economist has radiated an aura of omniscience. A weekly magazine that calls itself a newspaper, its most distinctive feature is that …read more
Source:: New Statesman