To make his case, Sleeper discusses three stories and a column that demonstrate reporters' skills, Times resources and something extra:
- "Nina Bernstein's front-pager yesterday blew open this country's scandalous post-9/11 immigration policies..."
- "Michael Powell's similarly fine-grained, explosive work on predatory mortgage fraud..."
- An example of "grounded moral witness" from "Roger Cohen, who stayed in Iran at great risk thanks to a true journalist's passion and courage..."
- An example of journalism as a bearer of "public memory as well as moral witness in Bob Herbert's column about the Vietnam War..."
This morning, however, I've been distracted by following links to other articles by Sleeper, a writer and teacher with a long resume, on topics ranging from Thucydides and the value of classical education to George Orwell, Tocqueville and journalism.
I've bookmarked his page of articles on News Media, the Public Sphere and the Phantom Public, surprised and embarrassed that I haven't read his stuff before.