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Getting Back on the Horse

Setting out to reconsider a perplexing story

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What does a top newspaper editor owe his publisher? The press critic A. J. Liebling famously wrote:  “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” Tired of arguing with a friend about the implication of that dictum, I threw up my hands a year ago and walked away. Since then, interest in the question has been rekindled. I decided to re-engage The particular case that interests me has to do with the role of The New York Times in the 2004 presidential election. It was then that the first collision occurred between mainstream news media and