Reporters doing punditry put themselves into a perilous place
From Washington Post Congressional reporter Jonathan Weisman‘s chat:

Harrington Park, N.J.: What do you make of the public criticism [last item] of Michael Gordon of The Times following his appearance on Charlie Rose where he voiced his opinion about Iraq?
Jonathan Weisman: Reporters on television — and in on-line chats — put themselves into a perilous place. We are supposed to keep our opinions to ourselves, and at the same time, be engaging and fun. That said, Tom Ricks’ book Fiasco definitely takes a strong point of view, backed up extensively by facts, and no one has jumped on him.

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