scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: The Press *is too* a Scouting discussion
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Fri May 05 1972 - 20:31:50 CDT
On Wed, 3 May 2000 EC92@AOL.COM wrote:
> If for no other reason than that Scouting needs the publicity.
> requirements S&W agreed to). *It doesn't matter what my opinion is*, I want a
> press that is fair and impartial and doesn't slant any story to meet their
> own person needs or agendas.
While I thoroughly agree *IN PRINCIPLE*, I also know how difficult it is
Let's say, for instance, you (in the anonymous 2nd person impersonal) are
a reporter. Your personal religious belief is that X is immoral and
sinful. YOU however happen to be sent to cover a pro-X event. It takes
years of experience with a series of grumpy, tough editors to write that
story impartially without revealing your personal bias too obviously.
It is not easy. As an at-home experiment, each of you try writing a
story supporting something of which you disapprove (crab grass, NORML,
gay-rights, the Mass in the vernacular, bacon on the Sabbath --
whatever). Then have someone who DOES support that cause read it and
give his opinion on whether you were unbiased. You'll be surprised.