Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rehashment and Endorsement

I forgot to mention something in yesterday's post. The Princeton story provides a good test for journalists who wish to present information in a fair and balanced manner (which having gone to journalism school, I know few do). The test is simply this: If the crux of a politically divisive story turns out to be flatly false, are you still be happy with the way in which you reported it?

Obviously a journalist should never be happy with reporting false information but in a case like the Princeton story a reporter has no choice but to report the information available. As long as its done in a manner that is free of bias their conscience should be clear and they should be happy with their work. Too often a sense of glee pervades the reporting of stories that favor a certain perspective. Good journalists avoid that crutch.

On another note, I just realized that you can listen to all of Okkervil River's fantastic fourth album, Stage Names on MySpace. Wonderful record by a very good band, check it out if you have the time.

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