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,

"Denial Country" is how a friend of ours recently described the universe in which various government officials work in Washington. They either are in denial or just are denying whatever it is they're accused of doing -- as in the cases of Enron or the mystery surrounding gulf-war illness or any assortment of issues.

This comes to mind as a bittersweet reminder of how important it is to maintain a free press. Many have died plying their craft -- the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl being the latest example of how dangerous it can be to search for and report the truth. Death is but one form of intimidation reporters face -- there are threats both physical and financial, including subpoenas demanding the identification of sources, methods and notes, not to mention pressures applied by colleagues to go soft on a pal or pull a story that might ruffle feathers.

The reality is that unlike police or soldiers with some clearly defined shoot-to-kill parameters, newsmen must operate on general principles and apply them on a case-by-case basis. …

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