In The Post (2017), The Times publishes a story on obtaining the Pentagon Papers with news on the White House's cover-up stories. In a meeting of editors, managing editor Ben Bradlee asks a question:

Ben Bradlee: Is anybody else tired of reading the news instead of reporting it? Do we have any leads?

Why does he ask that?


He is pointing out that other news sources are getting stories before they do. That is how the people he's talking with are able to read the news (presumably in other newspapers), rather than finding leads themselves, uncovering stories, and reporting the news before other newspapers can.

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