Monday, November 22, 2010

Report on the fight, or join in the fight?

I once watched a documentary film; the end result of a photographer filming his reporter getting his ass kicked.

It illustrates an interesting dilemma which is not the subject of this post.

There are a number of members of the free press who write about politics. If they do, they write also about the difficulty they encounter getting the truth out of politicians and public servants.

They report upon the ass handing as if it is not their own.

The true journalist's compulsion to report the story without becoming part of the story, is why they are doomed to report upon the ass handing they are taking over open meetings and public records, and not upon their victory over pols and public servants who think the truth is theirs to distribute as they see fit.


1 comment:

I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you said...

a real photographers dilemma; He is taking shots of flash flooding on a swollen river when he spots Al Gore clinging to a tree.

Take the shot or save Al Gore, he had a split second to make the decision of a lifetime.

So what ƒ-stop do you think he chose?