Finding Fairness

Murrow's Way
Murrow's Way

Ed Murrow said a journalist could be fair, if not objective. But in his day reporters also acted as ‘news analysts.’

Depending on your perspective, the “Mainstream Media” may be part of either a vast left-wing, or Kentucky Fried right-wing conspiracy.  Thighs and drumsticks aside, these judgments are often based on a person’s own sense of injustice to a certain cause.  If a news outlet passes over, or offers inadequate coverage of a subject hold dear, said outlet must be serving its own agenda. 

I don’t wish to defend or explain the perceived lack of neutrality of certain outlets, but in the same breath I can talk a little to what a news story should contain. 

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Journalistic Incest


Sat-truck cities often pop-up when a big story breaks.

 Arguably one of the most important news events I’ve taken part in covering was the case of Sami Omar Al-Hussayen.  Al-Hussayen was a University of Idaho graduate student, living with his wife and children in Moscow in 2003*.  In the early morning hours of a regular day, swat teams and federal agents “breached” Al-Hussayen’s home, and took him into custody for alleged illicit activity of supporting anti-American overseas operations.  Ultimately Al-Hussayen was deported, and his family voluntarily left the states before being booted themselves. 

But within this fascinating post-September-eleventh dynamic, of which your humble correspondent was a part,  bloomed a side of journalism I never knew existed: the incestual side.

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