Mark Halperin may not have any ethics but many of the people at small, local outlets do (second set of boldface is mine):
The Obama campaign believes it has neutralized the welfare attack. Romney is investing heavily in ads falsely claiming Obama gutted welfare reform. Dems initially viewed this as a threat. In their view, undecided voters were processing the attack as follows: The voters didn’t think this sounded like something Obama would do, but if it were true, it would worry them.
That’s why Dems responded so aggressively to debunk the claim; Dems believe the local press in the battlegrounds has handled the issue responsibly and has communicated clearly to undecided voters that it’s false.
I’m sure Clive Crook and Glenn Kessler and Charles Lane disapprove of the incivility of these actual journalists.
Some establishment journalists just want to preserve their cushy perches, some do want to put us all in chains. Whatever. They all suck.