Nobody ever believes this, but I'm going to say it anyway. While all journalists, as human beings, have opinions, most of us find it easy to ignore them when we're reporting. We automatically click into another reality, where the greater truth is achieved by relevant facts and context, as opposed to advocacy. Long ago, I realized that most issues of the day have honorable arguments on both sides. For me as a reporter, the thrilling intellectual challenge is articulating them ... to be the viewer's or reader's honest broker.
Why, you ask, do I tell you this? Because, I answer, I'm reading and hearing the spasms over the Hillary Clinton interview conducted by George Stephanopoulos. The critics bluster that Stephanopoulos shouldn't have done it because he was part of the Clinton White House.