Juan Williams made a few mistakes in his attempt to get the best of Michelle Malkin Wednesday night.
Appearing on The Sean Hennitty Show, Williams showed the kind of offhand, inadvertent arrogance we’ve come to expect from the Entitled Media. You can watch the video over at Twitchy, starting at about the 5:15 mark:
“Listen, I tell you what. I tell you what, Michelle: I’m a real reporter. I’m not a blogger out in the blogosphere somewhere. I’m going to tell you something. The reporters go to officials in this town, in a free society — Oh, now, hang on, please — in a free society, where we have a free press, and reporters go and talk to officials. And that’s not classified. In a free society we want to know what the government’s doing. We want to make decisions.”
Now, I know Juan wasn’t saying that the only thing reporters do is talk to officials. That may be the only thing some reporters do…
#RealReporters aren’t stenographers for the White House.
… but there are plenty of reporters who do the work like finding and interviewing sources, tracking down original documents, and digging through databases.
But Williams did imply that the key distinguishing feature of a real reporter is that — not being a blogger out there in the blogoshere — they go and talk to officials. And in talking to officials, they receive the word on what the government is doing.