John Dickerson is the political director at CBS News. It’s an important and prestigious position because the political director’s observations — on the air and in internal conversations with correspondents and producers — influence how political events, like presidential elections, are covered.
The political director at a mainstream news organization like CBS News has to be impartial, fair and objective.
But John Dickerson has another job. This one is at the liberal on-line magazine Slate, where his title “chief political correspondent.”
In that role, he can write columns and offer opinions, which in the news business often masquerade as “analysis.” Whatever you call it, it’s not down the middle, just the facts ma’am reporting.
The other day Dickerson wrote a piece for Slate under the catchy headline, “Go for the Throat!” The subheadline was more explicit. It read: “Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party.”