If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.
- Meg Greenfield
Mary Ellen (Meg) Greenfield (1930 – 1999) was a Washington Post and Newsweek editorial writer and a Washington, D.C. insider known for her wit and for being reclusive. She managed to overcome male domination of the journalism industry to be awarded journalism’s highest honour, a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, in 1978. Greenfield spent 20 years as the editorial page editor for the Washington Post and 25 years as a columnist for Newsweek. She died in 1999 of cancer, aged 68.