I read the news today. Oh boy…

[Nostalgia alert]

Sixty years ago, Judy Holliday won a bunch of awards — including an Oscar — for her performance in Born Yesterday. (The movie’s still around, and far better than the 1993 remake with Melanie Griffith.)

Reason I mention it, a line from that movie has been bouncing around in my head lately, and recent news items keep it going.

Billie Dawn (Holliday) is the bright-but-unlettered girl-friend of a sleazy businessman. While in DC to buy a few congressmen, he hires a guy to upgrade Billie. In the process, Billie mentions that her father told her never to do anything she wouldn’t want printed on the front page of The New York Times.

With that in mind, I urge you to glance at the front page of the Times, or just about any newspaper.

I ought to warn you, though, that immediately after quoting her father’s admonition, Billie says that now her father is afraid to read the morning paper.

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