I repeat: what is a “news analyst,” really? I don’t think anyone has any idea: across NPR, within its vast listenership, or among the participants in the public controversy still swirling around Juan Williams. It is almost a content-less category. In fact “analysis” as NPR is using it here has a meaning so obscure, tendentious and peculiar to the culture of professional journalism that the vacuous and tautological statements I’ve quoted are probably the network’s better option.

NPR News Analyst? How Juan Williams Got Fired

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