Debra Saunders, the female conservative columnist on the San Francisco Chronicle op—ed page, weighs in on Susan Estrich's notorious tirade against the supposed lack of female op ed columnists. A good column on a tired subject. But at the end comes a prciesless anecdote:

Recently a Bay Area journalism professor actually told me that conservatives shouldn't be journalists because conservatives are less likely to question the status quo. I disagreed with his definition, but I responded that this region is filled with liberals, so if you want reporters who will question the status quo, you should push Bay Area media to hire more conservatives. To this, he said nothing, and then left the room. There went his noble reason for muzzling the opposition.

Thomas Lifson  3 20 05