I think with Dave, if you look back say, 10, 20 years ago and Dave could be held up as a vague sort of a moral compass of the wrestling business by the way he'd report on things like the steroid scandal, all of Vince's scandals, the issue of unions and employer/employee stuff. Compared to the carny, bubble full of social misfits inside the wrestling biz, he seemed like the one with his head on straight, trying to report the facts.
Then, as has been said, the more and more we learn about Dave and the more he engages with people you realise he IS just another dude caught in the wrestling bubble, with all of the insular protection and moral ambiguity that entails. He tries to parse or defend or excuse away a bunch of things from use of the N-word to Elgin's behaviour based on certain people being his boys and sources, or even just "well, that's just the biz" type whitewashing. I don't think it's even necessarily malicious or evidence that he's a piece of shit, per se, often he just seems to have massive blinkers on that blind him to anything outside the bubble. When you have someone who is supposed to be the impartial journalist around here, reporting truth to us about a community that is so often untruthful about so many things, the fact that he's willing to be one of those people is disheartening. He's the reporter, we're supposed to be able to trust him, and a lot people are no longer able to.