This is one of those Prufrock moments, when it is impossible to say just what I mean. From the paid job blog, on my old friend Ed McGaffigan:
Reporters depend on the generosity of smart people, people who understand how things work and are willing to spend the time to help us understand it too. In my two decades as a reporter, I can think of only a handful of people as smart, generous and important to my work as Ed.
It’s so true that reporters depend on the generosity of smart people to truly understand complex issues, be it climatology or the Federal government. But it’s also true that smart people want to be understood. To be truly heard is no small thing.