Real Journalism

Look, I don’t know what you think the web is good for, but I know that I like it because I can get articles like this for just taking the time to look for them. (I would encourage you to contribute to Allbritton’s mission- there’s a link at the bottom of the entry.)

The article itself is gripping, but this exchange from the comments section reminded me that every real journalist on the ground- that is, every journalist like Danny Pearl or Christopher Allbritton- makes a deal with fate- I will agree to possibly trade my life to pursue the truth.

Er, just thinking, here. When you hear a car bomb go off, is it really a good idea to run toward it as fast as you can? ÎCause if I were a bomber intent on inflicting maximum casualties, IÌd set off another one as soon as the first crowd assembled.

Maybe this is what journalists are paid to do. Maybe thatÌs why IÌm not a journalist, I dunno.
-Posted by defib at May 26, 2004 01:52 PM

secondary bombs are usually set in the path of the rescue workers. I wasnÌt on that path. But yeah, most sane people run from bombs instead of running toward them. I actually didnÌt think about this until you mentioned it.
-Posted by Christopher Allbritton at May 26, 2004 02:21 PM

there was a time when I was a younger man that I wanted to do exactly what Allbritton is doing- being the eyes of my country on the ground in some place (it was Beirut, San Salvador and Managua when I was 18) where I could dodge flying shrapnel as I ran pell mell towards “the Truth.” I also drove too fast, smoked two packs of cigarettes a day and found 100 other ways to put my life at risk. I don’t particularly care to sell my life so cheaply these days. “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now….”

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