Mashek on WHCA Pull-Outs: “Let’s Not Go Overboard”

From US News:

    The New York Times has recently called an end to allowing its staffers to attend these dinners. That is their call but it seems a little overblown.

    Reporters have been dealing with politicians at close range for generations, including those with the Times. Most journalists know where to draw the line and when that line can’t be crossed.

    So much has been said about the lack of civility in the nation’s capital. Columns have been written calling for members of both parties to recognize their differences in a more constructive way.

    What is really wrong then with a reporter who has been routinely kicking the stuffing out of politicians, sitting near them one or two nights a year?

    The critics should take a deep breath.