Bill Keller: Detached From Reality
Pot, meet Kettle:
The saddest thing is that Judge Posner's market determinism leaves no room for the other dynamics I've witnessed in my 35 years in newspapers: the idealism of reporters who think they can make the world better, the intellectual satisfaction of puzzling through a complicated issue, the competitive gratification of being first to discover a buried story, the pride in striving to uphold a professional code of fair play, the quest for peer recognition and, yes, the feedback from attentive and thoughtful readers. He makes no allowance for the possibility that conscientious reporters and editors are capable of setting aside their personal beliefs or standing up to their advertisers (and the prejudices of their readers) to do work they believe in. (emphasis mine)
The man who wrote this critique of conservative judge Richard Posner’s recent book reviews in the paper he himself edits is the same man who is defending Judy Kneepads as a journalistic Joan of Arc, and whose paper was a willing accomplice in the Bush Administration’s campaign to deceive the world into a war.
Pass that Kool Aid Mr. Keller.