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?...