Making choices

Michael Gawenda, Sydney Morning Herald, October 31:

“The CIA leak scandal is partly about politicians and journalists and the way they interact. No doubt that’s cold comfort for Judy Miller, who has been publicly executed for crimes many journalists commit.”

Gawenda is being disingenuous. Journalists make choices. Journalists are not forced to report unsubstantiated “facts” before a potential war against a sovereign nation. Journalists – the best ones, anyway – are always sceptical, suspicious of “official” leaks and rarely fully trust political sources.

Gawenda may feel sorry for Miller, but he should be taking a closer look at his own role in perpetuating the ever-worsening incestousness between the powerful elements in society. Many journalists and politicians are part of the problem, not the solution.

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