Joe Klein, Time magazine and his editors are taking a beating over his writings about FISA. This is about as big a battle as I've seen over a reporter's accuracy.
Atrios gets to the heart of the matter.
Major newspaper has big megaphone. Readers generally have no megaphone. Journalists have responsibilities and these ethics I keep hearing about, including the responsibility not to be as factfree as they keep claiming blogs are. When you explain, calmly and repeatedly, that 2+2=4 and they keep denying it you get a little mad. Civil behavior isn't about restraining from using insults or obscenities, it's about behaving like a fucking decent human being.