The Press: Judges for Journalism

The press judges everybody, but who judges the press? Unlike other professions and the business community, the press has no machinery for setting formal standards or evaluating accusations of unfairness or bad practice. One often proposed solution: set up an independent council to perform this sensitive mission. That idea, however, has always evoked opposition from those who consider the press in quite a different category from the professions or business and see it as a vital, independent part of the democratic system. Many journalists feel that a council would infringe on the freedom...