Political formulae are perverse. The justification for journalism is keeping you informed of the truth about recent history.
Thus the journalists with the biggest cohones can be spotted by looking at the most egregious liars and propagandists who nevertheless keep their journalism job. What kind of loser does what they're supposed to do? Obviously a real chad does exactly the opposite of that, and blows poncy cigarette smoke in your face when you try to call him on it. They can't even keep their story straight. "Evolving situation" means the lie they want to tell isn't the same from day to day. Only proles are held accountable for negligence.
Thus modern journalism. Or rather, journalism in general.