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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 21, 2011 / 15 Adar II, 5771

Revere real journalism

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The explosion of the Internet and blogosphere, which has made silly-sounding words like "blogosphere" and "Twitter" a part of our everyday lexicon, has also served to blur the lines of journalism, and what constitutes a journalist, as accessibility to sharing information and communicating is expanded.

Bloggers have issued breaking-news missives and investigated a little where reporters have failed or been neglectful, coming to have an increasing impact on public opinion and even policy. Additionally, the serious and respected now "tweet," alongside the ridiculous and shallow, as one can follow Wolf Blitzer on Twitter just as easily as Perez Hilton. As a result, the term "journalist" has become a tad ambiguous.

Aspiring young press secretaries learn early the difference between columnists, editors, reporters and, in recent years, bloggers. Amateurs unknowingly mix them up, and many a press secretary has quietly snickered when the all-powerful congressman or senator instructs them to help him or her write an "article" for The Wall Street Journal or hometown Daily Bugle.

To the uninitiated or merely confused, you are currently reading an opinion column. My opinion, to be precise. One can submit op-eds to newspapers that will appear under your name, should the op-ed-page editors deem your musings worthy. Separately, newspapers have editorial boards, and a paper's opinion editorials generally do not have a specific name attached to them. (I'm convinced that is solely for the purpose of plausible deniability.) Editors exist to make reporters' lives difficult, and ads are paid for just like TV commercials. TV anchors are newsreaders, rather than reporters (although most have been reporters at one time), and talk show hosts are neither. Bloggers sit in front of a computer in their parents' basement in their jammies under a bare light bulb hanging from a single cord (bulb is hanging — not the blogger).

Reporters, however, are the real journalists — the meat of the news operation. They get the story. They write the articles. They broadcast their reports. Without them, the rest are just sailors without a ship. Every now and again we are sharply and sadly reminded of the greatness of the craft and of the people who report the big events — at least certain people, some of the time.

As of this writing, four New York Times reporters are missing in Libya. They were last heard from by their editor when covering the rebel retreat from the town of Ajdabiya. I pray that by the time this column is published they will be found safe and unharmed. The missing journalists are Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid, the newspaper's Beirut bureau chief; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer; and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario. In 2009, Farrell was kidnapped by the Taliban and later rescued by British commandos.

How many mere bloggers or columnists would return to the action after going through the ordeal of being kidnapped?

In February, CBS correspondent Lara Logan suffered a brutal sexual assault after being separated from her crew while working to document Egyptian celebrations upon the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. CNN's Anderson Cooper was roughed up a bit, and Fox News's Greg Palkot and his cameraman, Olaf Wiig, were badly beaten while reporting on events in Egypt. These folks are back on the job — an undeniably sometimes very dangerous job. Others, such as Daniel Pearl, never get that chance. The late Wall Street Journal reporter was beheaded by al Qaeda terrorist leader and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed while in Karachi, Pakistan, doing his job.

These reporters are real journalists. Political reporters, on the other hand, often get a bit soft and bend to the political leanings of the mother ship in which their editor or network brass reside. They are, in theory, tasked with reporting facts, not opinion. The good ones succeed at making the distinction, despite pressure from their bosses and benefactors. (The others get promoted.)

The ones who get the facts, get it right, and get it first are to be admired. The ones who somehow manage this feat on foreign soil surrounded by real peril are downright special and should almost be revered. While the White House briefing room is high-pressure and a heady place, to be sure, getting it "right" from the vantage point of your second-row seat might seem like a big deal until you've had to do it under the gun. Or the knife. Literally.


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:


03/14/11: Dems generous to a fault
03/07/11: Cut with a machete
03/02/11: $100,000,000,000 of waste is immoral
02/28/11: GOP 2012 hopefuls are getting in touch with their inner Cheesehead
02/14/11: Patriot Act needs diligence
06/15/10: Republican girl power
06/01/10: The petulant president
05/26/10: Party like it's 1994
04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours
04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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