In an otherwise great Frank Rich column, this:
Yes, journalists have made tons of mistakes and always will. But without their enterprise, to take a few representative recent examples, we would not have known about the wretched conditions for our veterans at Walter Reed, the government’s warrantless wiretapping, the scams at Enron or steroids in baseball.
I’m sure the SF papers have done a great job covering the BALCO case, but I have not read a word of it. Really, if newspapers really think they have uncovered anything earthshattering by reporting that baseball players are using steroids, the medium is deader than I thought. Steroid use was an open secret for decades in baseball, and openly ignored by players, fans, officials, owners, MLB, and sports reporters the entire time.
Up next, baseball players used amphetamines. I smell a Pulitzer!