A.J. Liebling on the Man-Bites-Dog Story

A newspaper story having a curious human-interest, often humorous flavor, such as one profiling a person with a hobby that would seem to be a role reversal.

‘The defendant was what the N-boys like to call a Scion (of a wealthy family of former oleomargarine manufacturers, in this instance), which, in the same idiom, qualified him as a Socialite. Scions are seldom accused of procuring, which gave the case a bit of the man-bites-dog-aspect that the schools of journalism talk about.'”

A.J. Liebling, The Press

Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.

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