He also used to make people call him Dr. McLaughlin, even though I don’t even know if he had a doctorate. I said, “Listen, Dr. McLaughlin, I was in Greece this summer at a temple and there was some writing on it that said: ‘Babylon was.’ Which means: Every major power falls.” So I said, “I took that to mean that someday I’m going to be really powerful and you’re going to be, like, in a wheelchair in an old folks home being fed apricots or something.” And he looked at me and I thought, “Oh, my God, are you going to fire me now?” And he started laughing. He’s like, “Haw, haw, haw, that’s genius.” And I’m like, “Yeah, Babylon was. Gotta go.”
I’ve told this story before, but years later I ran into him, and he said, “Most people in this town stab you in the back, but you stabbed me in the front, and I appreciate that.” I said, “Anytime, you son of a bitch.” It was a great moment. I’m so glad he’s dead. Seriously, I’m glad he’s dead. He was a jackass. He deserved it.
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I first heard of Ms. Swisher when she started working with/for Walt Mossberg, so this doesn’t surprise me:
But the most important mentor I’ve had was Walt Mossberg. He’s the one who got me to go to the Wall Street Journal from the Post. He believed in me the most. He gave me a million chances. He took me in when he was at maximum power and really used his firepower to show people who I was.