The Weekly Standard recalls a pompous editorial from the NYTimes when the WaPo was embarrassed to acknowledge that its reporter Janet Cooke had made up a story which had been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. I think this posing as the pillar of democracy is what makes journalists so annoying to the rest of us. And I'm a lawyer.
If these people would take a lesson from Michael Kelly, and remember that they are reporters, not the Supreme Court or the embodiment of the Constitution, and just focus on their jobs and getting their stories right, and covering the news from a range of points of view rather than from a single narrowing one, we'd all be better off. We'd get enough information to make our own minds up, and there wouldn't be so much schadenfreude when they trip up.
When news stories start to sound like creative writing instead of reports, it might just be a signal that thats what they are.