No press outlet has been more predictably sycophantic or less balanced in its adoring coverage of Barack Obama than The New York Times — and no old media outlet plays a greater role in setting the agenda for the elite press than the Times, either. That’s why two recent developments are worth noting.

First, to her credit (not words I’d use often!), Executive Editor Jill Abramson had the Times decline Eric Holder’s invitation to an off-the-record meeting. That’s the right decision, given that “the transparent administration” shouldn’t be holding such meetings about curtailment of press liberties and reputable outlets shouldn’t be giving the Attorney General a chance to sweet talk themin secret.

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