Flattery is such a dangerous thing, and for a journalist it is particularly risky. The lesson of history is that the journalist with something to lose---the one who has been embraced by the powerful, whose career and sense of self depends on being well regarded---will be safe for those in power. Such journalists won’t take risks. They will be proper and acceptable, with an eye for their own reputation affecting what they write and how they write it. The historian Mitchell Stephens has concluded that once journalists have investments, good wardrobes and networks of friendship with the powerful, then they will probably be satisfied with an occasional exposé. Margaret Simons was trained and gained my experience in the belief that journalistic independence was very important indeed, and she still believes these things.