There’s always something to be learned when the media criticize “the media”—a phenomenon that is rarely, if ever, to be confused with self-criticism. In the media, the expression “the media” can mean, and in fact usually does mean, nothing more than some unnamed and probably less-credentialed persons belonging to outlets lower down in the carefully calibrated hierarchy of media respectability who, if they’re not careful, will give their more elevated brethren as bad a...

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