Posted Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 10:00 AM
"This may be the most embarrassing thing I have ever written,"
Roger Simon of Politico declares
, by way of opening a hand-wringing column about the Journolist affair. He may be right. Simon mourns for the old days when journalism was "almost a holy calling," when a shadowy, opinionated outfit like Ezra Klein's listserv was impossible, because everyone in the industry "played it straight." There was no tolerance for people who bent the news to suit their prejudices or personal interests:
(At a few papers, those who wished to slant the news were publishers or editors who wished to please their publishers. They were rarely fired. But their numbers were few.)