‘Ask the questions and question the answers’

29 September 2008

Peter Cole in The Guardian, London:

“Journalism is basically a simple game. It is about finding things out and telling other people about them. The finding out requires a variety of skills because those in power often prefer that we know only so much. Journalism is about holding such people to account, exposing their humbug and hypocrisy, the abuse of their power. This includes the control it gives them over the flow of information, the ability to bury the bad news, to spin and obfuscate.

“Good journalists must ask the awkward questions and question the answers, must dig to unearth and then explain, making comprehensible that which authority, by intent or verbal inadequacy, has left confused, incomplete or plain mendacious.

“Incomprehensible journalism is quite simply bad journalism, and therefore pointless.”

Link via Chinmayee Manjunath

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