Media should be careful with 911 calls

Monday, May 25, 2009 | 11:32 a.m. CDT; updated 11:38 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 25, 2009

Great professors often give you great quotes to remember them by, usually without knowing that they’re doing it. A teacher I recently had in a class about government oversight, for example, offhandedly told us that “There’s something deeply un-American about taking public officials at their word.” (I can only imagine at how many cocktail parties I will shamelessly commandeer that line.)