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Anderson Cooper: Press Hasn’t Just “Rediscovered” Its Spine

All the discussion lately about how the press corps has recovered its backbone in the aftermath of Katrina presupposes that at one point that backbone was missing. Because Anderson Cooper’s on-air blow-up at Sen. Mary Landrieu provided the spark for this discussion, I thought what he said on Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday was pretty interesting:

MAHER: … going back to what you said a minute ago, about if this isn’t the time, when, to ask these questions. I think a lot of people are thinking, yeah, but that’s what we were saying about 9/11; that’s what we were saying about the war in Iraq . Where was the

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