Scientists and policy-makers with science backgrounds often bemoan the lack of understanding of science that journalists show daily (see, for example, below). Philosophers have long since given up expecting journalists to have any clue about what they work on. Orthodox economists are okay since many big-media journalists share the same ideology.
But, darn it, shouldn't journalists have some sense of what political and policy discussions in general are about?
Marcus at Washington Syndrome discusses the ridiculousness of one Dana Milbank of the WaPo in Milbank's puerile criticism of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer's recent paper on the Israel lobby (Walt and Mearsheimer's paper). Milbank basically calls names and flames. Blah blah.