NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: Trying to Be Wise Three Times a Week


The judgment of one's peers is often the toughest there is.

So it is with the Washington press corps. Five graduate students at American University have interviewed more than a hundred members of the press corps on how they rate their colleagues. In the Washingtonian magazine, some of the press corps' views on Washington's star journalists are pretty devastating:

Most overrated: James Reston. Most respected: David Broder. Least respected: Rowland Evans and Robert Novak. Most pretentious: Joseph Kraft. Most thoughtful: Richard Strout and John Osborne of the New Republic. Most predictable: Patrick Buchanan and Tom Wicker.

Scotty Reston of the New York Times overrated?...

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