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Thursday, April 30, 2015

It seems to me that one of the chief problems with American political reporting is that the reporters are so close to the "sources" that they lose their critical focus. Part of the reason for this-- a big part, I think-- is that the reporters do not want to lose access.

Judith Miller does not seem to possess any sort of moral compass whatsoever, and seems to me to be as close to being an actual war criminal as it is possible for an American journalist to be. Jon Stewart, in this interview clip, demonstrates how actual journalists should conduct interviews. I'm not saying it's easy to do this sort of thing-- in fact, I believe that what Stewart does here is a very technical skill-- but it is something that reporters should be able to do, and it would-- maybe-- have saved many, many lives and billions of dollars if Miller had approached her job the way that Stewart approaches his.

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