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Senator Frank Lautenberg Defies Booker, Time | Main | Political Director of CBS News: Why, Obama Should Tear the Throat out of the GOP!
January 22, 2013

Sheryl Attkisson Tears Into Administration Over Benghazi Stonewalling, Evasion, and Deception

There was once a conception, popular in the press, that it was supposed to be a check on the government. And that only an antagonistic and hectoring posture towards the Current Power could keep that power from degenerating into abuses.

Much like a criminal doesn't commit a major crime if he thinks he's being watched. But when he thinks there's no one watching -- that's when he does something just terrible.

The press used to believe this. It was always something of an aggrandizing, self-flattering conceit, but certainly it had some good to it.

Contrast that Old School position with the New Skool "reporters" who imagine their jobs as consisting chiefly of supporting and defending the current Government Power (so long as it's liberal, I mean) and attacking and criticizing those who themselves would challenge Government Power.

The old conceit might have been annoying -- but the new one is flat-out dangerous. And will, in fact, lead to abuses.

Sharyl Attkisson is of the old school.

One of the last reporters in major media who will actually ask the administration uncomfortable questions, one of the last reporters in major media who thinks it's important to demand questions from the President, rather than offering excuses to his critics.


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