Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

We decided this week to open as well as close the magazine with some thoughts about what's up in Washington concerning the Bill Clinton pardons fiasco and how the press is handling the stories.

This springs to mind both because of the current news and due to a pattern of historical revisionism seen all too often in Washington political and journalistic circles. Facts in and of themselves are meaningless in history unless they are put into context. And though the role of the press as historian is to produce a first draft of what future generations will read, what we do in this business is critically important. Why, you might ask? Simple: We chronicle current events, and later generations will search in archives for our accounts of what happened to put those events into the context of decades and centuries.

If the press can't report accurately -- and place it into contemporary context -- then how will future reporters, educators, historians and readers get a clear-enough view of what has happened on our watch to relate its lessons to their times? …

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