While the rest of the world was dicking around

The public cynicism about journalism and journalists is some times well earned; most times a triumph of vested interests trying to subvert the story from being told. But the news of a kidnapping, the terse telegram of death, injuries in the line of duty, and the general hazards of the occupation—like working in an office—show why there’s an increasing nobility in journalism; why there’s nothing to be ashamed about.

As Al Pacino, who played the CBS journalist Lowell Bergman, said in The Insider, “I was putting my life on the line when you were dicking around golf courses.”

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