Anthony Lewis was the first national newspaper columnist I remember reading. His column at the New York Times ran from 1969 to 2001 and he was usually right and always lucid and thoughtful, no MoDo-style gotcha bullshit for Tony Lewis. He died today at the age of 85.
Lewis was widely credited with revolutionizing coverage of the Supremes and wrote 2 great books about the Warren Court and some of its landmark cases: Gideon's Trumpet and Make No Law.
It's a pity that most folks in the MSM nowadays lack Lewis' common decency and reporting skills. The fact that the NYT has gone from having him and Tom Wicker as leading columnists to Tom Friedman and MoDo makes a mockery of the theory of evolution but what can ya do?