That is my reluctant conclusion after reading the story “Ruskin flier eludes Capitol air security.” The story, well known by now, concerns Doug Hughes, an eccentric postal worker who committed an act of civil disobedience by flying a “gyrocopter” onto the West Lawn of the nation’s Capitol.
As I studied the coverage last night and today, I imagined a different headline: “Times coverage shows unsteady man committing dangerous act.”
Ben Montgomery, a reporter I admire, wrote the story. I saw him on the Today Show arguing in a brief sound bite that it was not his job to blow the whistle on a stunt like this one, in which Hughes planned to deliver letters to each member of Congress complaining about the evil influence of money on American politics. Read more