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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Now I Am A Hero, Too

Lowest bar ever set for hero-dom (is that a word?).

Jonathan Strong, writing about the Heroes of the Journolist:
The Daily Caller has highlighted some of Journolist’s worst moments — such as when liberal members of the media plotted to kill important stories about the presidential campaign.

But the 400-member listserv, like any community, was a complex arrangement comprised of many individual voices.

While some urged members to level indiscriminate charges of racism, other postings reflected admirable integrity or civility.

Such as?

HuffPo editor and reporter Dan Froomkin arguing that news should be reported even if it hurt Barack Obama; James Surowiecki of The New Yorker arguing that facts about the Fort Hood shooter should be reported accurately; Ezra Klein, founder of the Journolist, not letting people explicitly coordinate stories on the Journolist (which is what they did implicitly anyway); and Jeffrey Toobin of various mainstream outlets displayed a "commendably open mind and a sense of civility."

Here we go, now I will qualify as a hero as well:

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  1. If not "coordination", then what exactly was the purpose of Journolist? Don't these "journalists" work for editors? This isn't journalism, it's script writing by committee.

    Just report the relevant facts , make sure you get accurate quotes in proper context of who said what and then let the story unfold on its own merits. That is how journalism sometimes stumbles into the truth.

  2. Sneezer Klein needs to shut his puerile pie hole. For a good while. In ten years he may have learned some manners. Courtesy is not merely window dressing. It simultaneously expresses the warmth of humility and provides distance in which we many honor the other. Only a pusillanimous tweaker like Ezra would try to bull horn his way through this sort of embarrassment.

    Strong's version of heroism shows a lack of classical education or the lack of understanding of one. He could have chosen a better description for those who so feebly stood for a semblance of integrity. Perhaps we should call them hoagies. Or grinders.