The Presidency: The Mick Jaggers of Journalism

The Mick Jaggers of Journalism

Those television-network correspondents who cover the White House are able and competitive men. But with one foot in show business and the other in journalism, they must perform a difficult straddle. The question in Washington is whether they are becoming more like rock stars than reporters -- the Mick Jaggers of journalism, so highly paid, so powerful and self-important that they feel no personal constraints. Indeed, it sometimes seems that the more bizarre their behavior, the greater their fame and audience.

This has long been a point of tension between writers and broadcasters and has bothered many television viewers as well....

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