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In the ancient Greek story, Cassandra could see into the future. She saw and prophesied doom for Troy but the Trojans called her an alarmist and no believed her, because after all who likes doom in their future? What if, we might ask, Cassandra had been prophesying Troy’s eventual victory? They still would not have believed her, because she was a woman and therefore prone to naïveté and sentimental optimism.

It’s a teeth-gnashing decision when major news breaks just as you’re on deadline with another story, but if you don’t somehow squeeze the latest in, a whole week will have elapsed before you can address it.

When The New York Times first adopted its motto, "All The News That's Fit to Print" in 1897, I'd wager that its owner, Adolph S. Ochs, could never have predicted a day when anyone would argue that "fake news" had a (proud!) right to see print. Recently, The Washington Post chose its own new motto, "Democracy Dies in Darkness."