Thursday, December 11, 2003

Obits That Make You Go "Huh?"

From today's NYT obituary of Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Robert Bartley:

Tension between the editorial and news-gathering sides of a newspaper is hardly unusual, given their contrasting missions. But it was particularly true at The Journal, where beat reporters would sometimes engage Mr. Bartley about how wrong they felt he was, or how hard his editorials were making it for them to be perceived by the outside world as writing objectively.

The notion that the "outside world" perceives journalists as "objective" is something only a journalist could believe.