Over time I've developed a general rule of thumb: Reporting is far superior to opinion.
I'd take Carol Marin, Talking Points Memo or Matt Taibbi over an opinion columnist every day. The best opinion columnists occasionally make you think differently about something you already know. A reporter leaves you with something you would never have learned but for their efforts.
National reporters have their own baggage (in that they don't report so much as repeat what they are told) but the good ones tower above everyone else. Hands down.
Anyone can type, only a select few can find legitimate news.
I guess it casts doubt on this whole enterprise I'm trying here.
Update: Over Here