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5865: Response to Response to story on attack on journalists #5852 (fwd)
This list is open to feelings and observations isn't it? Perhaps indeed this
is the wrong time to take a naive shot at "sensational journalism" in a
moment when certain current daily occurrences in Haiti can only be
interpreted as violent or negative. And really too bad no one is even
interested in reading about the country at all.
Even a novice like me knows the old rule of "man bites dog" theory of making
My statements have been broken apart in a most articulate fashion, and the
honorable profession of journalism has been appropriately defended. However,
as a long-time observer of a country and its ever-complex culture affecting
all of its "classes", and unattractive class divisions, I will stick to the
premise that many journalists (or consultants, observors, the "other
capacities") so often become dangerous experts lacking even the proper
in-depth facts or proper checks to present their stories. In exercizing
their right to analyze, they are instead massaging their own egos, constantly
and consistently presenting preconceived conclusions based on the same old
theme played over and over again.
The preconceived conclusions may be inevitable, but then again things may not
be always what they seem. No, it is indeed not the journalists job to solve
problems, but why then do they delve in solution-making at all especially in
a country that, until the present time, has been so trusting of the press and
foreigners in general.
Again, it is so difficult to express this without sounding like I'm trying to
suppress the free press, and that is so not my point. Yes, the reportings on
this site, the books, both bad and good, are all valuable instruments in
recording and reporting what is there. Indeed, all types of business
exploitations should be brought to the attention of the reading public if it
will help a cause.
It is clearly impossible to come out with Disney-polished stories when a
country is in the troubled state it is in at the moment. The picture is not
even close to pretty. However, hopefully when the disturbing chaotic
situation settles, there are a few positive angles left that someone in this
world might want to read about.
And hopefully there are fine analytical journalists and photographers hanging
out there to do some fair reporting. I have certainly met some.