The hollow roar of condescension

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank caught red-handed feigning interest in Stephen Bassett’s panel discussion on UFOs at the National Press Club in 2007 [CREDIT: Paradigm Research Group] In 2017, Pulitzer Prize-winning ex-New York Times reporter Alex S. Jones wrote an essay about how democracy was better off because of intense but constructive competition between his former employer and The Washington Post. He traced their interlocking trajectories to the Pentagon Papers/Watergate fireworks of the early 1970s, when both camps staked out each other’s sites to grab and devour first-run copies.

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