Edward Jay Epstein, who was a media critic for The New Yorker in the 1970s, is a great journalist. For example, Diamonds aren’t forever? and Did Madoff act alone? Here’s something he said about the Warren Commission (to look into the assassination of JFK):
Part of the job of the Warren Commission was restoring confidence in the American government. And for this he had to pick seven very respectable men, men who would lend their name and probity to the report. The problem was, any seven men he picked of this sort, they would have very little time for the investigation.
Much later, still fresh. His personal website is the best personal website I’ve encountered. The financial crisis has given him a lot to write about. He has a new book on the movie industry (The Hollywood Economist) coming out next year.