Many journalists become grudgingly used to the fact that their work has little to no visible effect on the course of world events. When conservative writer Joshua Trevino was let go from The Guardian last month, Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the pro-Palestinian news and opinion site The Electronic Intifada, wasn’t one of them.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appeared before a conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Moody’s cut the credit rating of 15 major banks, including Bank of America and Citigroup. And the White House refused to turn over certain Justice Department documents to a House committee, prompting the panel to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.