He won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1986, when he told an interviewer: “I still pursue the art of climbing flights of stairs. Go to the scene. Go ring the doorbell and ask the guy. Nobody does that.”
Not enough, at least. People are too busy trying to do the stories everyone else is doing instead of actually climbing the stairs and getting the story.
I also think he has the right idea about watching the results roll in:
So I go to bed with total confidence. … And I leave today as the only one in America who from the start was sure John Kerry would win by a wide margin.