"Yea, I've know her since 2003, and wouldn't put too much faith in what she says now. She has lost most of her objectivity. She started out wanting to tell the story, but that soon morphed into wanting to be part of the story. If she isn't name dropping to silence others, she is trying to influence policy in areas she really doesn't know as much about as she thinks. She has become too close to some of the players to see clearly the full picture.
Sure, I run into her now and then - but I keep it to small talk."
Reporting on things is like a moth to a flame. You can't get too close. You also need to remember that the information flow is a two way street - you are trying to get information from a person with it - and that person wants to use you to the information they want out.
Nothing sinister, it just is.