It's the question posed by New York magazine this month, in a fascinating profile of Kara Swisher, one of the dominant power brokers of tech reporting.
Says New York mag:
The combination of access and toughness has made Swisher a preeminent arbiter of status in a Silicon Valley where constant turmoil is taken as a sign of innovation and vitality. She isnât exactly Bob Woodward . . .(but) she might be the Valleyâs Walter Lippmann, who occupied a nexus of journalist, counselor, and kingmaker in a mid-century D.C.