By NEMS Daily Journal
David Broder’s steady, informed and reasoned commentaries added to public understanding of national affairs for almost five decades of reporting and analysis.
His death Wednesday removes from public discourse the voice of a journalist with almost unparalleled access to the newsmakers and policy shapers in the United States since the 50s.
Broder, whose Washington Post Writers Group columns were published on the Daily Journal’s opinion pages for decades, had contacts – and friends – in every state, in both major parties, and in the significant movements across the political spectrum.
Broder believed that his best sounding board was ordinary Americans. He practiced pavement-pounding journalism, asking complete strangers about what affected their lives, how the government was performing, and about the politics of the day. He was a giant of honest journalism, and his critical mind will be missed.