Nation: Show Biz or News Biz?

Are TV newscasters journalists or entertainers? The denizens of the print world, squinting over their reconditioned typewriters at the six-figure (and lately even seven-figure) superstars of TV news, are not the most impartial judges of the subject. Let a member of the judiciary, with no ax to grind, review the question.

That is what Judge Martin B. Stecher of the New York State Supreme Court has done in a case involving Jim Bouton, a baseball pitcher turned TV sportscaster (and now TV series actor). In 1971 Bouton enlivened one of his news spots by...