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It was nothing more than I said in my previous post in this thread, but I would be hypocritical if I didn’t hold myself to at least as high a standard as I profess to hold the media.
Joe Mazza Responded:
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Not one to shy from an argument I submit that a journalist should be held to a higher standard than a poster in a forum. Journalists reach a wider audience (usually) and their professional standards deny them the luxury of spouting off (like me and others!), being intentionally misleading (thatÂ’s what separates the tabloids from the legitimate press), or embarking on Crusades. (There is, IMO, an irreconcilable journalistic dilemma when a reporter crosses that line. For example, writing about the evils of wearing fur is appropriate for a journalist; disrupting a fashion show one is invited to cover is not.)
Joe: You are, of course quite correct, but I believe it was the unimpeachable philosopher M. Jackson who said, “start with the man in the mirror,” and another writer who seems to have a somewhat more dubious reputation who wrote, “To thyne own self be true.” So, while in theory journalists should hold themselves, and be held, to a higher standard of accuracy, fact checking and unbiasedness, IMO, to try to hold them to that standard without expecting similar from oneself, is as I mentioned, hypocritical.
I thought I stepped over the line in my questioning of ANN’s article, so I apologized. I appreciate your support of my original transgression, but allow me to wallow in my own dispair.[;)]