From Merriam Webster
mal·prac·tice | \ ˌmal-ˈprak-təs
Definition of malpractice
: a dereliction of professional duty or a failure to exercise an ordinary degree of professional skill or learning by one (such as a physician) rendering professional services which results in injury, loss, or damage
I understand Mr. Hume, as a journalist himself, needs to cling to that last shred of hope for the trade and qualify the open media attacks as something done out of carelessness and not hatred for an enemy. But what the New York Times Taco Stand and The Washington Apostate are doing is being weapons against the President. They are engaging in open warfare at the expense of their history and reputation because they do not see themselves in a future where they are no longer relevant.
They are riding in the safety of the First Amendment for now. But they cannot longer convince people who there are major forces intent on destabilizing this country and they run the risk of losing that protection, with the sad consequences that come with being unshielded by doing the right thing.