Ackerman sounds off on the Nico-Milbank smackdown:

[I]t's more than a little silly for Milbank to act like he's a journalistic crusader while writing the material he writes. Here's Nico, covering one of the biggest stories of the year in an innovative fashion, throwing a tough question at Obama in the process, and there's Milbank, focusing on... the meta-question of the White House coopting Nico as a public-diplomacy strategy. The trivial mixes very poorly with the serious, and it's really in poor form to call Nico a dick for pointing that out. I've lived in Washington for seven years now, and each passing year I fear that I'll drink too much of the water that evidently interferes with a person's capacity for self-awareness.

-- CB

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to