Ezra Klein tweaks Friedersdorf's fears about intellectual capture:
The larger danger is not friends but professional contacts. And that's not so much about D.C. as it is about the type, and amount, of reporting you choose to do. Neither Ben Smith nor Joe Klein nor Jonathan Alter live in the District. But all of them are seriously plugged in, with the difficult trade-off that entails: It's hard to know what people in power are thinking if you refuse to talk to them, but it's also harder to make them really upset if you want to continue talking to them. (I should note that I think all the writers I just mentioned handle this problem particularly well, which is why I used them as examples.) And unlike the books-by-acquaintances issue, this one has real consequences for your audience. That's not a D.C. problem, though. It's a consequence of reporting, and one that isn't limited to any particular city.
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