Letter: Fourth estate
Another fabulous editorial (We’ll do our job, you do yours, June 8). As someone who has the utmost of respect for the “Fourth Estate.” I hope everyone who reads your work realizes the crucial importance of responsible, trained journalism. Investigative journalism is not something for fly-by-night rookie bloggers who think they can write.
It is increasingly alarming to learn how many professional journalists, including photographers, are being let go because responsible publications can’t financially afford to compete with crackpot internet and TV “reporters” in order to report the news in an ethical, unbiased manner.
It is also of concern that more and more citizens brag that they don’t even read established newspapers because they can’t stand bad news and/or because the media is biased. As you said, we all need to read responsibly from more than one source. Then, and only then, can we make educated decisions.
It takes hard work to report and hard work to be a discerning consumer of information. Anyone can watch biased TV news, listen to radio shock jocks and think only the way “friends” tell them to think. That’s easy but frighteningly irresponsible.
Are citizens jaded to the point that they can’t tell the difference between entertainment and thoroughly investigated truth?