I must confess to no small degree of guilty pleasure, as I watch my fellow newsies struggle with the issues raised by the current NSA "whistle-blower" story: on the one hand, the guy blew a whistle (and that's how we find a LOT of our stories); on the other, it reflects poorly on who has oft been acknowledged by media-folk as "our" President.
C'mon, fellow-journalists. I've often chided us, as a profession, for abandoning that "impartial news coverage" -thing they mentioned back in j-school.
<sigh> To reiterate: This is why it's important to view ALL politicians with an aggressive skepticism: you do nobody --not the public, not even "your" guy-- any favors when you turn lapdog-tame. Had you been looking (and reporting) as hard as you did when the Incumbent was NOT your personal favorite, you might well have short-stopped all this stuff before it got to where it now has.
Get off the lap --ANY lap-- and get back to work.
It's why we're the only non-government profession that has specific protection (and a defined role) in the Constitution, okay?
— Earl Merkel