Why Political Reporters Should Stick to Reporting

By Jack Limpert

Fifty years ago I was editing a group of weekly papers in San Jose, California, and our political reporter wasn’t shy about his liberal tendencies. The then-governor was Edmund “Pat” Brown, a Democrat too moderate and boring for our political reporter.

At one point our reporter said he hoped Brown would lose in November to his Republican opponent, a movie actor. “That guy will be such as disaster that next time we’ll be able to elect a real liberal.”

Yeah, the movie actor was Ronald Reagan, who easily won that election in 1966, was re-election in 1970, and went on…

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