The newspaper says there’s a problem, but is there really?

via Tom Palmer, David Cay Johnston wonders the same thing. In a letter to his fellow journalists, he writes,

In covering the proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street don’t repeat the failed lapdog practices that so damaged our reputations in the rush to war in Iraq and the adoption of the Patriot Act. Don’t assume that Congress must act instantly, as so many news stories state as if it was an immutable fact. Don’t assume there is a case just because officials say there is.