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
and leaves an indelible feeling of having done something to better
society. But many view journalists only as story hawks who would do anything
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
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
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
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
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'
journalists are willing to do that often-thankless job for them.