scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Kerry W. Sipe's Umbrage
Kim Elmore (KDMcElmore@AOL.COM
Mon May 01 2000 - 15:48:23 CDT
I thought Katherine Coates's comments were right on target, even when talking about competent newspapers and unbiased reporters.
Many years ago, when I was in high school, I did a research paper using several months of the New York Times as my primary source. I was amazed to discover how the details in the same writer's story, about the same event, changed from day to day. This was a good reporter, who won a Pulitzer prize. It seemed that the facts people gave him changed a bit as he went along.
Now I work as an investigator. People ask me how a particular investigation is going to come out and I reply that I can't tell them right away, because things have a way of changing dramatically as the interviews and research go along. It's usually several weeks before I can develop a complete picture and know what really happened.
Most newspaper reporters producing daily stories don't have the same luxury that I have. They have a deadline to meet. They get the information, verify it as well as they can, and print it. By the next story, the details may have changed. So I would never accept a newspaper story as the absolute truth.