A front-page Los Angeles Times headline this week reminded me of that old “Seinfeld” catchphrase.
A journalism fellowship program I’m involved with recently heard from one Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief. He told us that many moons ago, heâd written some copy for the on-air talent to read for that nightâs show. The line was something like âClinton believes that the tax bill will pass.â The guy who was supposed to read the line â he happened to be an old-school journalist of some renown â excoriated him. He told Feist that a reporter can never know what a politician thinks, believes or feels. The reporter can only know what the politician says.