Journalists are shamed, presidents are praised


Published: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 9:43 p.m.
Is it not amazing that in this great country of ours, journalists are expected to be held to a higher set of ethical standards than the president of the United States and his Cabinet?
CBS and its show, "60 Minutes Wednesday," rushed to report unverified and questionable intelligence concerning our president's past military record. The reporters, the producer, Dan Rather and the entire CBS news department all suffered irreparable damage to their careers and reputations.
Our president, on the other hand, took questionable and unverifiable intelligence, reported it to the world, and even though he knew it could not be substantiated, he launched a war in Iraq, killing more than a thousand of our soldiers, tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and doing permanent damage to the reputation of the United States. As a reward for this, he was re-elected to serve for four more years.
It amazes me that, in a country so enamored with the concept of moral values, we will persecute a group of people for making a mistake that did not result in any loss of life and reward the other by making him "man of the year."
Bill Johnson, Gainesville

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