As someone who's worked in freelance journalism, I'm actually quite sympathetic to Downie's concerns. But get with the program, man! While it's not perfect, the Huffington Post is hiring journalists. The Washington Post is laying them off.
Michael Tomasky cannot put me off wanting to read this book, because even if the destination is lame, the journey is mind-bending! Sources get murdered! Deus ex machinae emerge! There is an "orgy," apparently, in "Arlington."
Given the incidences of lack of attention to dissenting opinion and aggression in the run up to war, it's troubling that Liz Spayd will be tasked with "oversee[ing] the gathering, editing and production of news."