I was a serious journalist a long time ago, inspired by Woodstein, Geraldo’s Bellevue expose, and 60 Minutes. So I HATED doing press-release news and he said/he said. But that’s all we get from mainstream news these days, not just broadcast/cable but also newspapers. I guess you can’t get paid to tell THE TRUTH anymore, like this piece of debunking Reaganite mythology that underlies Republican government shutdown threats, and even Democratic compliance.
Journalism used to be called “the rough draft of history” or “the first draft of history” (or more correctly, of historiography). Today it’s not even that — at least I hope not!