“[T]he truth for the journalist is this: The president and the class of people who wield political power in the District are your adversaries, not your friends. When you fraternize with them, when you date them, when you let them bloviate in your forums and host your talk shows, when you dine with them at fancy black-tie dinners — you are numbing the reporter’s innate distrust of and antipathy toward rich, powerful people who, for better or for worse, impose their will on others.
“You think you are their best friends, just as dogs think they are man’s best friends. But as this president has so deftly proved, it is the domesticated reporter, not the feral one, who has so much to fear from the next few years.”
—Charles Seife, NYU journalism and author, “The Domesticated Press Corps,” Slate, March 1, 2017
• Editorial Comment: Watchdogs don’t lick your hand.
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