Pew comes through with another essential insight about journalism and human nature. Basically, whether or not you believe in a "watchdog" role for the press depends on who's president, and who's team you happen to be on. Hopefully they won't mind if I borrow this chart:
I don't really think it should be all that comforting to liberals that they're more likely to believe in a watchdog press with a Democratic president than the reverse.
-- A. Serwer