At the end of the Orson Welles movie "Touch of Evil," a character played by Marlene Dietrich offers a benediction of sorts for Welles' character, a corrupt cop. "He was some kind of a man," she declares in a world-weary voice. "What does it matter what you say about people?"
Stuart Elliott now reports exclusively every week at MediaVillage.com.
Stuart has spent more than three decades covering advertising, marketing and media. He is perhaps best known as the advertising columnist of The New York Times, a post he held from M...