The Richard Cory Effect
Now, let us sing of the smooth Richard Cory,
The rich man in Edwin A. Robinson's story,
Who went home for no reason anyone could explain
And fired a small bullet right into his brain.
This quaint little tale has been put to ill use
By media defenders of power abuse.
Placing their shroud over obvious crime,
They blithely refer to the Robinson rhyme.
The message the public is supposed to receive
Is that no one can ever know what to believe,
So right-minded citizens should not even try
To challenge a verdict received from on high.
See also "Muse in the News" and "Confession."