The Media's Wacky Watchdogs

Press bashing, once just a spectator sport, has become a full-time profession for a growing cadre on both the left and right

There are two kinds of media bashers in the U.S.: those who can't make a few bucks from it, and those who can. The first consists of millions of ordinary Americans who don't like journalists but do nothing more than moan about them. The second group is made up of full-time bashers who publish a lot of newsletters. Some of these professionals have a galling charm, a refreshing sassiness, perhaps even a mild sense of humor. Most don't.

Their ranks have grown during the past decade, perhaps because of the dearth of mainstream press criticism and journalism reviews, but more likely...

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