What didn’t we know, and when did we know it?

Wow. See if you can make it more than halfway through this excellent piece from the New York Observer’s John Koblin on the hall of mirrors reporting, rumor-mongering, excuse-making, word-parsing disaster that is the “Will Clinton be our Next-etary of State” journalistic free for all without your mouth hanging agape.

No pull quote. Just read it.

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.