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Message to Noonan: Write what you really think

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Cadet, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    For background and links on the story of Peggy Noonan getting caught with the microphone on, go here:

    But the issue I want to address is the larger journalistic one, brought up here:

    He goes on to say how much this damages her credibility as a reporter.

    Is it really an injustice to readers when you write something that is only part of what you think, know or believe? Or is there more interest in saving face and writing something safe? Is there a happy medium here, one that doesn't result in the writer receiving regular death threats from those who disagree?
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I think there is a fine line. If you go around blasting everyone because you're angry. It's just a bunch of rants.

    If you are afraid to say what you think because you don't want to piss people off, you won't say anything.

    If you can say what you think and not worry who you piss off, that's best. But rare.

    Worst is saying what you think people want to hear -- agree or not. That's lousy, hypocritical, shameful and a way to make lots and lots of money.
  3. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Peggy Noonan?


    That's a universe with which I'm not familiar.
  4. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    She isn't a journalist, and it's unfair to judge her as one. I think it's puzzling that she'd believe readers of The Wall Street Journal -- of all publications -- couldn't handle an honest opinion from her, though.
  5. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Of course a conservative columnist will typically support Republican positions, but the increasing demand for public lockstep (on both sides of the aisle) really disturbs me. I must have missed the vote where we decided to go with a parliamentary system.
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