A White House press briefing. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- We talked yesterday about the White House Correspondents’ annual dinner, a dismaying spectacle of reporters and editors who are supposed to be holding politicians and bureaucrats accountable palling around with them instead, as if their mission is only half-serious, and offensive comedians making fun of them all.
Pathetically, the uproar over this year’s dinner debacle is still roiling around on Twitter, where it’s being used to demean the journalistic profession.
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This coincides with a far more telling story, that of the calculated murder of at least nine journalists, four policemen and a dozen civilians in Kabul, Afghanistan, one of the worst attacks on reporters ever. It is believed to be yet another collaboration of the Taliban and the Islamic State, the bloodthirsty gangsters who have resisted any effort to bring peace to that Godforsaken country.
If these brave journalists weren’t willing to rush to the scene of a bombing, where they were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber, the world would never know the truth about what’s happening there.
The same can be said of journalists all over the world.
If we don’t know, we don’t care.
If we don’t care, the murderers of the world have free reign.
Meanwhile, every day here in our newsroom and others, calls and emails pour in from people desperate for help, for relief from scammers and predators and indifferent bureaucracies. They turn to us as a last resort, and we do our best to help them.
That’s what you’re maligning when you malign journalism.
And if that doesn’t give you pause, maybe you’re a part of the problem, not the solution.
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