March 20, 2004

Making us look even worse

From Washington Post:

"We're all devastated by Jack's betrayal of the public trust and our trust," Editor Karen Jurgensen said yesterday. "It's unfair to the people involved in the stories, unfair to readers and unfair to all the honest journalists who worked for years to build USA Today. We're committed to making sure this never happens again and learning from this awful experience."

Celebrities hate journalists. Politicians hate reporters. And now, people like correspondent Jack Kelley give them more ammo.

Journalists are liars in the public's eye. And now real reporters must cover this because it is their job to do so, hacking off their own hand as they write it. Kelley has just made it a little harder for journalists to get the story: the interview, the quote that could perhaps change the course of history.

Why should people trust journalists? Why do they should they give us anything? Thanks J. Kelley for making them mad at us even more.

And I thought misspellings and punctuation mistakes would make the public mad!

Just a little note: The article states that this betrayal of journalistic integrity surpasses that of Jayson Blair. I think they are even in their creative writing skills.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at March 20, 2004 2:42 PM

The pen is mightier than the sword. That's what I've always lived by. Some people just don't have consciences, I suppose. It just so happens that journalists are indirectly in the public eye, and, therefore, can be preyed upon for their screw-ups perhaps more so than your average supply-swiping office employee. (I read somewhere that there's an ungodly amount of office supplies stolen each year and that no one can do anything about it--it's just like this: no one can do anything about it, it just happens.)

Posted by: Karissa at March 20, 2004 9:52 PM

Like every other profession, there are some good journalists, and some bad journalists. It is my feeling that just like other professions, the good far outnumber the bad. And so while this makes journalists look bad, reasonable people know that the majority of journalists are in fact doing a thier job to the best of their abilities.

Posted by: Paige at March 21, 2004 9:35 AM

Thanks Paige for restoring my hope in the future of mankind. :) Sometimes you surprise me.

Posted by: Amanda at March 22, 2004 12:20 AM
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