Well, Stephen Colbert certainly was right when he called the Washington press corps stenographers. In fact, Kurt Bardella, Issa's publicist (oops, that should have been spokesperson), complained about that feature of the press corps himself.
Bardella also disclosed contempt for reporters he described as “lazy as hell. There are times when I pitch a story and they do it word for word. That’s just embarrassing. They’re adjusting to a time that demands less quality and more quantity.”
No wonder we get such crap from the Washington press corp.