Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way. “Look,” he said, “we politicians may have thin skins, but you guys in the media have no skins.”
He had a point. Media figures don’t usually deal very well with disapproval. Most enter the field not to be part of the fray but rather to report on it. They’re often unhappy when they’re drawn into a fight, especially about themselves.