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When they go to the barricades, when they become news makers instead of news gatherers, they've broken the compacts they make when they become reporters.
And although I have one or two reservations about the Phoenix Initiative, I'm not prepared to go to the barricades for a bingo hall and a mock Tudor pub dressed up as a phoney Irish theme bar.
The 60 Minutes correspondent said of the former New York Times executive editor: "I've known Abe for 30 years, and there's no one I'd rather go to the barricades with" when it comes to defending a free press.