Who is this Unnamed “Visitor”?
According to “English Essay vs. New Story”: “Traditional journalists stay out of the story. No ‘I’ or ‘me,’ and no ‘this reporter,’ either.” However, in Gorney’s article (featured in Clark and Scanlon), twice she made references to the fact that Geisel was visited by someone. Gorney writes, “His visitor, reading slowly ” (173) and “Well now, demands his visitor” (174). It’s more than likely that this “visitor” is in fact Gorney herself. As was mentioned in class the other day and as quoted above, a journalist must never make reference to themselves or their opinions on any matter. There is no “I” allowed from the writer. However, in this article Gorney cleverly tries to get around this fact by phrasing it as “a visitor.” Is this actually acceptable? Is this ok to do when one is writing a profile? Is this ok to do at any time? It seems kind of deceptive to me.
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