A ‘fervent wish’ for an intelligent media…

Quoted from WSJ’s Holman Jenkins:

Our most fervent wish for the journalism profession for a long while has been that a new generation would come along trained to think. The world is adequately stocked with journalists who can write, who are careful and accurate ­reporters, and yet are helpless as babies when asked to punch their way through an obvious ­fallacy.

Unfortunately, journalists who might be prepared to brave bullets in a war zone nonetheless lack simple courage to see what’s in front of their eyes in a matter like the Twinkies bankruptcy. The reason is endemic: Not enough is at stake for the media itself to cause the media to prefer an ­uncomfortable truth when a ­comfortable fallacy is at hand.

I couldn’t agree more. (Yes, he’s writing about Twinkies.)