At the end of a few hours at a Lindy’s - not a place where I hang out but a convenient place he picked - he came to the point, as reporters do at the end (I know the tricks; I teach them). He wanted to set me against traditionalists and them against me.
Here's a suggestion: Try interviewing somebody to find out what's on his mind and try hard to report what he says accurately and precisely. Oh, and try not to have the story framed until after the reporting is done. Journalism as a process of discovery is fun - and of great use to readers.