Double dribbing with terrorists, or something

You’d think security officials, terrorist experts and American presidents would steer clear of basketball metaphors after that unfortunate WMD slam dunk business. You’d be wrong. Earlier this year Barack Obama had this to say about al-Qaeda’s strength, after senior figures such as Osama bin Laden had been taken out but a number of regional franchises … More Double dribbing with terrorists, or something

Write shorter

Most reporters like to write long. There’s no better way to show off one’s style, erudition and depth of understanding. But my days as a sub-editor taught me one important lesson: Reporters are mostly wrong. In particular, there was never once a story that didn’t benefit from a bit of pruning. Most writing – and … More Write shorter