Tags

When the press gives prominent coverage to a radical leader or group, a criticism springs up: “Why are you publicizing those dangerous monsters? Can’t you see that that’s what they want?”

When the press gives little or no coverage to the leader or group, a criticism springs up: “Why aren’t you exposing those dangerous monsters? Can’t you see that the public needs to know about them?”

There’s no satisfying everyone. That’s just the way it is, especially in a public-facing profession like journalism. As a broadcast journalist (I wish I could remember who) once said — and I’m paraphrasing here — the problem between network news and Washington officials is that they want us to broadcast their shows and we want to broadcast our shows.

Advertisements