Ink by the barrel

Posted by Serge Liberman on February 20, 2005

In Reply to: Ink by the barrel posted by ESC on February 20, 2005

Here is one application of the adage:

Headline: "Nethercutt vs. A Barrel Full of Ink

Sub-headline: "Congressman's Decision to Bash Seattle Newspaper Cuts Both Ways - by Josh Kurtz
Roll Call Staff
October 30, 2003

"Rep. George Nethercutt (R-Wash.) this week spectacularly violated the old rule in politics that says you never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel."

In this context, one (especially a politician) ought never pick a fight with the press.