WHY TODAY’S JOURNALISTS ARE, ER, WHAT TODAY’S JOURNALISTS ARE

Howard Kurtz from the Washington Post on Monday on how Watergate ruined journalism:

But the media’s reputation since then has sunk like a stone, and one reason is that some in the next generation of reporters pumped up many modest flaps into scandals ending in “gate,” sometimes using anonymous sources who turned out to be less than reliable. Journalism became a more confrontational, even prosecutorial business, with some of its practitioners automatically assuming that politicians in the post-Nixon era must be lying, dissembling or covering up.

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