The Corner

Reporters Under Glass?

In recounting the colorful life of Jude Wanniski, Washington Post writer Adam Bernstein claims Wanniski “wrote a tongue-in-cheek guide to Washington reporters, rating them as if they were restaurant entrees.” First, that should be plural: his Media Guides came out for a number of years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and they were serious evaluations of a journalist’s body of work. We read them, and sometimes debated the evaluations. (In 1990, we helped them construct a rating system for TV reporters.) While the books had a star system of ratings, it was hardly restaurant-like: “The ambience of Irving R. Levine is warm and inviting.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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