As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. ~Hunter S. Thompson
Sometimes I think Charlie Pierce is the Last Journalist Standing.
Perception is perception and reality is reality and, if they don't match up, then it is the job of journalism not to accept the perception as the reality, but to hammer home the reality until the perception conforms to this.
I once suggested that Rachel Maddow should be the new host for NBC's Meet the Press, but hell, Charlie should get it. This one sentence should shame David Gregory right out of Washington.