What a Time That Was!

November 18, 2007

Joe Klein’s latest prouncement on The Way Real Journalists Work prompts a little trip down memory lane. Ah, yes: Kathleen Willey’s rape accusation. The “Clinton love-child.” Political reporters jumping through Matt Drudge’s hoops.

I’d love to be able to say it seems so far off now, except that it doesn’t. The Nineties marked the switch from journalism being the first draft of history to journalism serving as the grease trap of history. Most of the people who made it that way — pundits and reporters who should have been fired and sent to work the drive-through windows at their local fast-food restaurants — are still comfortably ensconced in highly-paid media sinecures, setting us up for yet another round of the same nonsense they wallowed in last time.


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