News is something someone wants to suppress.

“News is something someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising.” —Lord Northcliffe

By that measure, there are mighty few true news reporters in tech publishing right now. Declan McCullough, certainly; Kim Zetter‘s coverage of e-voting machines also qualifies. Who else is uncovering news from the tech world that somebody wants to suppress?

(Quote taken from a biography I’m currently reading: All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone, by Myra MacPherson. An alternate version of the quote: “News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising. “)

News is something someone wants to suppress.