There's an interesting bit in Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz's latest piece, a profile of "60 Minutes" reporter Steve Kroft that tells us one of two things: Kroft is either a conservative or a far-left liberal -- there is no middle ground.
One reliable source -- Kroft's wife, journalist Jennet Conant -- says he has trouble relaxing, even on vacation. "He is his work," she says. "He never reads a newspaper that he doesn't start pacing around and analyzing the inherent bias. He's consumed."
There are exactly two types of people in the world that get worked up over newspaper bias: Conservatives and the Eric Alterman-type liberal.
So, is Kroft a conservative? If he is, he's surely managed to keep it on the down-low for a long time. No, it's more likely that Kroft is a liberal, and if this quote is accurate, he's way on the left.
(I've made the point before that there's plenty of "left" left to Eric Alterman's right. Alterman and his ilk complain about media bias that's already left-of-center not being far enough left. Which is the same as being too far right. To them The Nation is plays it straight down the middle, which is laughable to all except those who subscribe to the aforementioned magazine.)