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,

Truth be told, even seasoned news-dawgs get nervous about certain stories. Beyond pressures to meet deadlines, ensure copy is accurate and that a story is reported in context, dealing with snarling editors like our own Scott Stanley (INSIGHT's authentic Lou Grant) and possibly offending or otherwise irritating sources, some stories just make folks edgy.

What brings this to mind is John Berlau, a talented young writer with no compunction to be anything but what he is: a dogged newsman who writes stories to keep government officials accountable--to you.

One way to do this is to compare what officials said they were going to do, what they actually have done and what they say they have done. In addition to the "normal" hassles of reporting any story from Washington, sometimes one comes along that makes palms sweat. Normally, it is those on whom we report who get sweaty palms.

But one series Berlau wrote on Charles Rossotti got the town buzzing. …

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