Having heard the story about President Bush’s needling of the vision-impaired reporter for wearing sunglasses as he asked a question during yesterday’a press conference, I sympathized with President Bush and admired the reporter for making nothing of it. Today I was shocked to learn that the reporter was Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times. I have had the occasion to speak with Peter in his professional capacity by telephone on several occasions and always been impressed both by his doggedness and his fairness.
Peter was the reporter, for example, who discovered and broke the story that “Buckhead” — Rathergate’s Paul Revere or Deep Throat — was Atlanta attorney Harry McDougald. See our posts “Hurricane Dan: Get serious” and “Meet Buckhead.” In any event, I want to take the opportunity to salute Peter publicly by name for his class and for the example he has set.