Wednesday, September 12, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 665



Staff Editorial


Tom Carpenter        Ken Fountain 
Nikie Johnson          Keenan Singleton       Audrey Warren

Journalists seek truth

For most journalists, life is filled with scores of stories, sources, faces and places visited and left behind. Each story brings with it a unique experience
and leaves an indelible feeling of having done something to better society. But many view journalists only as story hawks who would do anything to
acquire a blockbuster.

Sensationalist journalists, pushy paparazzi and heartless photographers don't help the cause. The media have historically been referred to as biased
sources of information and all indications have pointed toward people taking what they hear with a grain of salt.

This attitude is not completely undeserved. In fact, the media often shoots itself in the foot when using corrupt and unethical tactics, such as making a
fake badge to get in to interview a president or hanging from a tree to catch just the right shot.

But in most cases, journalists are seeking truth in their quest for the story. Such is the case of the four journalists killed Nov. 19 while on the road
between Jalalabad and Kabul in Afghanistan.

Those men and women volunteered to do their jobs. It was surely a decision they made with the intent of going out to change the world for the better
a decision made with the realization that it included a face-first dive into a highly volatile situation that would quite possibly threaten every waking
minute of their lives.

It was not a decision that could have been made without heartfelt support. And the greed of a callous journalist who merely wants a scoop would not be
enough of a driving force for a life-altering choice like that. It takes something more it takes the tenacity of a truth-seeking, honest individual who
wants to tell those untold stories and get that information out.

Yes, the media can include tainted individuals who are the exception rather than the rule, who choose to carry out their jobs dishonestly, without regard
for morals or ethics. But consumers of the news must realize those individuals are the cliched bad apples of the bunch who tend to ruin the rest in the

And the newspapermen and women in Afghanistan and all other sensitive environments are proving they are more than what public opinion may often

There still really is such a thing as an honest, sincere journalist who is out to change the world for the better. And it is to all consumers' benefit that
journalists are willing to do that often-thankless job for them.

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