Helen Thomas just wrote this poor substitute for a mea culpa:
"As a reporter having covered him for eight years in the White House, I am sure the media could have done a better job if we had known the real Ronald Reagan." - Helen Thomas in "Ronald Reagan revealed in new book"
Ms. Thomas, you in the media could do a better job anytime you want to: it is not the responsibility of your subjects to cajole you into it, although I am sure you think it is their highest duty, far surpassing their duty to the mere non-media citizens who elect them. It 's just that you never want to do that "truth" part of the job when the subject is a Republican.
Will this epiphany of yours cause you to decide to start being truthful about the current President, the one you slander now almost exactly as you regularly did President Reagan?
And the implication that President Reagan was somehow remiss in not "opening up" to the media would be laughable were it not so dishonest. The reason he didn't "open up" was quite sensible: he knew that you don't let down your guard with media, you treat it like the vicious cur that it has become.