Sunday, October 12, 2008

John Walcott: Truth is not subjective

John Walcott, Washington Bureau Chief of McClatchy, won the first I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. He gave a great acceptance speech that every journalist and future journalist should read.

The current crop of journalists seems to be so obsessed with remaining "unbiased" that they don't do any real journalism; they just parrot what they are told. A true journalist needs to be objective, skeptical and thorough. They should report what is said, but investigate the veracity and call out anyone who is lying. I guess what I'm saying is that we need more old fashioned journalists and less new fangled newscasters and reporters.

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