"Why do we need the administration to be nice to us, or to somehow validate our existence? Journalists need to do their jobs regardless of the roadblocks and land mines placed by the White House. And the real reporting doesn't take place in the briefing room, regardless of who's accredited, or in the televised news conferences, which have become theater. It takes place behind the scenes, where journalists cultivate sources not just in the administration but on the Hill and among interest groups, to break news the White House doesn't want broken. (Watergate, you may recall, was not broken by White House beat reporters.) And it takes place when reporters have the courage to say that what the president said yesterday is at odds with reality or with his own record."
Your right, Howard. So how about using your media column to point when the press DOESN'T point out that "what the president said yesterday is at odds with reality or with his own record"? He does that all the time, and the press doesn't call him on it all the time. Yes, it's their job to be a watchdog on the White House - but it's YOUR job, Howard, to be a watchdog on the press.