The Press: Anderson the Thinker

Columnist Jack Anderson's readers have come to expect daily bulletins about skulduggery all over, bleak reports that are long on data and short on philosophy. So it was something of a shock last week when Anderson took a deep dive into rumination and surfaced aglistening with optimism. Taking a long view of his trade, Anderson raised a rhetorical question about the muckraker's role in a time of widespread corruption and scandal. Might not he further weaken the national spirit by encouraging cynicism and despair?

Not a bit of it, Anderson quickly decided. In his view, the muckraker "has more confidence in America...

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