Thursday, May 23, 2002

The Sully - Alterman dustup gives me an opportunity to say a few things about journalists and scandals.

I always worry that I'm probably wrong when I disagree with Ted Barlow, but in this case I do.

The notion that members the Fourth Estate, which in Andy's view of the world are mostly part of the Fifth Column, should be completely immune from personal scrutiny is just wrong.

When geeky moralizer George Will gets thrown out on the lawn by his wife, and them marries his mistress, that's news. Much in the same way that it should be news when anti-choice Bob Barr is caught paying for an abortion.

It's the hypocrisy. Once it rises to some level, it's fair game.

Those who feel free to pass judgement should not be immune from the same, particularly as our punditocracy increasingly enjoys their celebrity status.