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Topic: Letters Sent to Romenesko
Date/Time: 2/6/2007 2:04:02 PM
Title: "Info-pimp" has been around
Posted By: Jim Romenesko
From MITCHELL OWENS, executive editor, Elle Decor: Charles Madigan of the Chicago Tribune may state that he invented the term "info-pimp," as per his latest column, but the word has been around for a lot longer. He defines it thusly, as per the recent Obama-madrassah rumors: "People who pick up questionable things and present them as real are info-pimps."

As blogger The Happy Slave stated on 21 March 2006, "Of course, many of us have known for quite a long time that all the large commercial "news" outlets have no actual reporters nor editors, just different ranks of infopimps. Like good little infopimps, they pander. Too bad they think that being an infopimp is the same as being a journalist."

This alternate definition and slightly earlier use of this highly useful
word is not to take away from the enjoyment of Mr Madigan's humorous column, however, or its central truth, which seems to be that is everyone's best interest to know what's news ... and what's not. [Permalink]

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