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Leonard Pitts: Media must take a moral stand

Leonard Pitts: Media must take a moral stand

"Five minutes for Hitler, five minutes for the Jews."

That, according to legend -- and a Facebook page for alumni of The Miami Herald -- was the routine response of an '80s-era editor whenever some hapless reporter was working overly hard to bring "balance" to a story where none should exist, where the moral high ground was clearly held by one side or the other. I don't know who the editor was, but that riposte brims with a wisdom sorely lacking in modern news media, obsessed as they are with the fallacy of journalism without judgment.

Take as Exhibit A Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal. In a Sunday interview with Chuck Todd of...