The New York Times columnist was heavily criticized after writing about her social interactions with politicians, but members of the press disagreed on whether it was inappropriate for the opinion writer to have personal relationships with such elites, or just part of the job.

On this week’s edition of Beat The Press, Adam Reilly was in for Emily Rooney. He was joined by Roy Harris, formerly of the Wall Street Journal and The Economist Group; Lylah Alphonse of U.S. News & World Report; Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University; and Callie Crossley of WGBH News.