What if more mainstream reporters hounded politicians and bankers this way? Clement wonders:
I started to imagine that paparazzi reporter in the press pool, doggedly pursuing a line of questioning and refusing to take "no comment" for an answer. In an age of woefully tame media, old D.C. journos could learn a thing or two from reporters traditionally considered at the bottom of the news industry's barrel. Imagine if Washington journalists were as aggressive and relentless as a paparazzo desperately trying to get a Brangelina quote. Imagine if the media demanded real answers from the Wall Street investment firms who tanked the economy, got a taxpayer bailout and then paid out exorbitant bonuses to executives.News media may be more willing to recognize paparazzi work than formerly, given the recent praise for the National Enquirer over the John Edwards affair. When we start hounding our politicians as relentlessly as our Hollywood figures, suggests Clement, "we might finally get some answers."