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Re: “Editor's Note

Speaking as a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism, University of Kansas, I know that what you say is a deadly accurate statement from years gone by. However, in today's world, the factual reporting of news without the reporter slipping in an editorial slant is rare.

There is frequent misquoting whether intentional or not. There are many quotes taken out of context so that they seem to appear as something they are not. There are many statements which are paraphrased that end up meaning something that the speaker or writer did not intend. Paraphrasing is a dangerous thing to do in reporting vs editorializing. I'm glad to see you defending your profession, and truly hope that you adhere to the principles you espouse, however, many "reporters" do not!

Ask a journalism student from decades ago why they wanted to be a reporter and the response would be words to effect that they wanted to report events and inform people. Ask many of today's journalism students why they want to enter the profession and you will hear words to the effect that they want to help change the world.

Reporting factual accounts of an event is reporting! Paraphrasing and adding opinion is editorializing. Both are forms of journalism but only one is pure! Even the omission of known fact turns reporting into an editorial. It's like the concept that telling a "half-truth" is still a lie!

Posted by logic on 06/04/2011 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Danehy

Suppose the US insists that borders for presidential elections be moved back to those that existed before August, 21 1959? Then Hawaii would not have been a state, and we would not have to be listening to anymore moronic comments read by Obama from his teleprompter!

Suppose English was a required core subject in schools as it should be, then we wouldn't have to worry about a high school baseball player that couldn't speak the language of the land, be it official or de facto!

And you are dead wrong about Gifford and dead right about McCain...neither is capable of doing the job to which they have been elected.

Posted by logic on 06/04/2011 at 12:35 PM

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