The Smart Alecs at the Economist

Note: for the origins of the phrase “smart alec”, see this article–for what it’s worth, there’s a thieving pimp involved.

Earlier this week, I mentioned that I loved the Economist because it has an opinionated editorial voice even in straight news articles, because it seeks (with varied success) to be right rather than balanced,  or worse, orthodox, and because it rarely minces its words.

Today, as I was reading an Economist article on the fighting in Syria, I remembered another reason I live the Economist . Put positively, the writers have a very high esteem for their readers. To put it negatively, the writers love to point out how much they know (and it is impossible that there is something these lads don’t know). Look at this correction:

CORRECTION: This article originally stated that the battle of Azaz between the Crusaders and the Seljuk Turks took place in the tenth century. It was, of course, the twelfth century. This has now been corrected.

Ah, yes, gents. Of course.

One Response to “The Smart Alecs at the Economist”
  1. Zeyno says:

    Yeah, duh course.

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