It is one of the paradoxes of journalism: The more servile a reporter is toward his sources, the more authoritative he can appear in print.
"Scotty: All the news that's fit to schmooze," The Weekly Standard (2003-02-24)
Incoherence is a common hazard for journalists who dabble in ethical judgments.Andrew Ferguson
When he let Kennedy use his column to send signals to Nikita Khrushchev, or lent his skill to Vandenberg to reinforce the anti-Soviet consensus in American diplomacy, he wasn't acting as a reporter but as a patriot. This urge may be a dereliction of duty in the journalist, but it is a sign of decency in the man. That the two impulses in journalism should so often be at odds — duty versus decency — tells us more about the trade than most of us care to know.Andrew Ferguson