When Did ‘Me,’ ‘We’ and ‘Us’ Become the Media’s Preferred Pronouns?

From a New York Times column by Bret Stephens headlined “When Did ‘Me,’ ‘We’ and ‘Us’ Become the Media’s Preferred Pronouns?”:

Over drinks not long ago, a friend summed up the way journalism had changed over the course of his career. “Journalists used to act like cynics but at heart we were idealists,” he said. “Now we’re often cynics masquerading as idealists.”

I thought of that line twice last week. The first time was while reading, against my better judgment, about the abrupt resignation of Jeff Zucker as president of CNN. The second was after learning that my friend John Vinocur, the former executive editor of The International Herald Tribune, had died in Amsterdam.