For the record, when I criticized "no excuses-Andrea" for not asking more "pertinent and incisive questions about the safety of Gulf seafood," I felt in this instance, on the substance, that Andrea wasn't up to her usual standards of excellence, which are head-and-shoulders above her colleagues. To use a horseracing metaphor: when the class of the field loses a race that she was supposed to win in a walk, observers will say she had "no excuses." It only happens to those whose quality and pedigree tower above the competition.
That's Andrea. Not only is she in a professional class of her own, but she's a GREAT LADY and a class act in every other respect. Good on the ever gallant Galahad Martin Bashir for standing up for his colleague, and our friend, Andrea.