standing letters

Where did responsible journalistic reporting go? Yes, I admit it — I am a news junkie. I love my daily newspapers, and morning and evening news broadcasts. Yet, I yearn for the “good old days,” with the likes of Walter Chronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. Now that’s dating myself. They reported the news accurately and without opinion and certainly unbiased.

But where did those days go? Perhaps the internet is the major contributor to the fate of responsible journalism. Instant news articles without fact-checking or validation seem to be more and more common. But even the national networks have fallen victim to the demise of trust in our reporting of the news. Maybe it started with Dan Rather with his incorrect and biased reporting on President Bush’s military service. And once nationally respected news sources like The New York Times have fallen victim to this trend, as witnessed by the false reporting of the drapes in U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s office.

More and more apologies and backtracking just seem to be the norm. Oh, to return to the “good old — honest — days”.

Daniel J. Fitzgerald

Charlestown

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