Demise of Journalistic Standards

by Michael Goodwin  (see bio below)

Mr. Goodwin puts feet to my thoughts and I didn’t have the words.  I respect him and his background.  I am trying to be a good independent.   Journalism and writers are making it harder and harder.

I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Long enough to know that it wasn’t always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward manner.

I often found myself telling my students that the job of the reporter was “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I’m not even sure where I first heard that line, but it still captures the way most journalists think about what they do.

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