Tim Blair pointed out this exchange on CNN last Friday night, in which Bernard Shaw and Wolf Blitzer acknowledged–for one brief moment–how much the press missed of Ronald Reagan’s eight years in office:
SHAW: Can I say something that touches on a very sensitive issue?
BLITZER: Of course.
SHAW: The news media and how we failed to thoroughly cover and communicate the very essences we’re talking about possessed by Ronald Reagan.
What I’ve been reading and what I’ve been hearing I did not get during his two terms in office, or did I miss something?
BLITZER: I think you’re on to something, Bernie.
SHAW: I think we failed our viewers, listeners, and readers to an appreciable extent. I can’t quantify it, but I’ll put it there. Because I certainly missed a lot.
BLITZER: I think you’re absolutely right, Bernie. We’ve learned a lot more about this presidency in the years that have followed Ronald Reagan’s two terms in office.
And I suspect, as more of his diaries, more of his papers, more of his speeches, more information is released by the presidential library in Simi Valley, we’ll learn even a great deal more.
I want to bring Judy back into this conversation, Bernie, because I know that she has some questions she wants — she has some thoughts she wants to share with our viewers, as well.
Ms. Woodruff brought things back to earth pretty quickly, and the moment passed. Still, it’s nice to see a bit of self-knowledge in the press.