And speaking of news analysis, what a segue to the news coming out of NPR, still a major news source in this household but one I’m becoming a bit, oh, vexed with.
It’s their ombudsman, Jeffrey Dvorkin. First was his preposterous defense of Bill O’Reilly in that ridiculous blowup with Terry Gross a couple weeks ago. Now he’s going after one of the few Supreme Court reporters worth your time, Nina Totenberg, to make a point that reporters should never express an opinion publicly. Note: The column has been updated, but the old one hasn’t gone into the archives yet. We’ll have to hang fire until it’s updated. Sorry. Such actions are “fraught,” he believes, because it confuses the public, who will therefore come to doubt the objectivity of any reporter who does so.
Oh, hogwash. (Although, in a world where Fox News continues to claim it’s “fair and balanced,” he may have a point.) This issue is too tiresome to non-journalists go into much detail here, but if you’re interested, I think Jay Rosen has it just about right.