Murray Kempton, 1917-1997, Journalist & Commentator, Quoted in McPhee, The Book of Insults, 1978
Eigen's Political and Historical Quotations
James Murray Kempton was an American journalist and social and political commentator. He won a National Book Award in 1974 (category, "Contemporary Affairs") for The Briar Patch: The People of the State of New York versus Lumumba Shakur, et al. Reprinted, 1997, with new subtitle The Trial of the Panther 21.) He won a Pulitzer Prize (category, "Commentary") in 1985 "for witty and insightful reflection on public issues in 1984 and throughout a distinguished career."