Newswatch: Watchdog Without a Bite

If the news is covered as badly as much of the public thinks it is, why doesn't the press clean its own house? Where is its professional responsibility? The difficulty begins with that word professional. Medicine and law, being professions, can expel or censure wrongdoers, even though fraternal coziness makes such action rare. Journalism has no admission standards. A plumber or a hairdresser must pass a test to get a license, but no journalist does, on the grounds that licensing would be abhorrent to the idea of a free and robust press....

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